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Petworth Town Information

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This evocative medieval market town in West Sussex is dominated by the walls of 17th century Petworth House, built by the 6th Duke of Somerset in 1696.

Its grounds were laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown in the mid-18th century.

The area proved to be an inspiration for the artist J. M. W. Turner who produced some of his finest work here.

His pictures hang inside, alongside works by Pussin and Van Dyck.

The Carved Room contains carvings by the great Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721).

Temple at Petworth House Gardens - Photo © Chris Shaw
Temple at Petworth House Gardens -
Photo: Chris Shaw CCL


The building and grounds were handed over to the National Trust in 1947 by the 3rd Lord Leconfield.