The story of Midhurst begins before the 12th Century, when St Ann’s Castle was built – the foundations of which can still be seen. The name Midhurst is thought to derive from the Old English for ‘middle of wooded hill’, which is still relevant today with the town’s role as the centre of the South Downs National Park. Explore the town’s lanes and marvel at the uneven roofs of the Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, first constructed in 1430 and where various members of the nobility have stayed. Explore the Cowdray Estate, home of the ruins of the tudor Cowdray House where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are known to have stayed, and which has links to the gunpowder plot.
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