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Local Studies at Petersfield Library

The Local Studies collection is housed on the first floor of Petersfield Library and covers the town of Petersfield and surrounding area of East Hampshire and part of Winchester City Council including Buriton, Froxfield, East Meon.

Newspapers & Periodicals

  • Petersfield Herald 1977 to date
  • Petersfield Post, 1974 to date. NB 1974-1985 on microfilm
  • Petersfield Weekly News 1889-1891
  • Hants and Sussex News 1892-1962
  • Southdown Observer January to March 1976
  • Aldershot and District Bus Group Newsletters  Nos. 30-46 (2001-2005)
  • The Courier (Petersfield Chamber of Commerce) for the 1920s
  • Hampshire Life, 1998 to date
  • Hampshire Magazine, 1960 to date
  • Liss Histories 1993-2000
  • Petersfield Area Historical Society Bulletins 1975-2006
  • Petersfield Papers Nos. 1-8 (1976-87)
  • Portsmouth Papers Nos. 1-63
  • Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club Nos. 30-60 (1973-2005)
  • Sheet News 1993-2003
  • Sussex Archaeological Collections for the 1950s-60s
  • Wessex 1929-1938

Directories and Registers

  • Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire 1911, 1923, 1931, 1935, 1939
  • Photocopy extracts of the Petersfield sections of various Hampshire directories for the following years 1784, 1855, 1859, 1867, 1878, 1880, 1885, 1889, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1923, 1931, 1935
  • Copies of Petersfield Official Guides for the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s and other local guides for the early 20th. Century

Maps and

  • Petersfield Library holds a good collection of Ordnance Survey Maps for Petersfield and the surrounding areas in the following scales:
  • 6” to one mile scale sheets for East Hampshire District mostly for the years 1961- 81
  • CountySeries 25” to one mile covering the immediate Petersfield area from  1870-1932
  • New Series 25” to one mile covering much of East Hampshire District mostly for the years 1969-72 with a few sheets for the mid 1990s
  • Geological Survey Maps of Hampshire and parts of Dorset and Sussex
  • Soil Survey Maps both local and national
  • Goad Plans of PetersfieldTown Centre
  • Petersfield Rural District Council Street Maps 1960s-1974
  • East Hampshire District Street Maps, 1974-1980s
  • Alan Godfrey edition map, reduced scale sheet 52.16 of Petersfield 1908


  • Photographs and copy photographs of Petersfield and the local area arranged by place and street name
  • Album of old photographs of shop frontages  covering Petersfield High Street and  The Square

Census and International Genealogical Index

  • 1881 Census Index  
  • 1891 Census Index for the Catherington, Droxford and Petersfield Registration Districts
  • 1901 Census for the Petersfield Registration District
  • 1991 Census Statistics for Hampshire and Hampshire Districts
  • Hampshire Record Office Index to Wills to 1754
  • Hampshire CountyReports for the 1981 and 1991 Census

Parish Registers


  • Newspaper cuttings Petersfield Post mostly covering the years 1990-98 arranged by place/subject. Subjects include: buildings, business, churches, people, public houses, roads
  • Scrap-books of cuttings on Petersfield High Street Development for the years 1959-71
  • Scrap-books of cuttings on PetersfieldTown Development in the 1960s
  • Scrap-books of cuttings onPetersfield local history, taken from East Hampshire Post, 1980s
  • File of material relating to Petersfield’s  twin town of Barentin, including a few copies of Barentin municipal bulletins from the 1990s
  • Wallet containing photocopies of cuttings, photographs and ephemera relating to Petersfield’s Home from Home Canteen in World War Two
  • Local souvenir programmes for King George V Silver Jubilee 1935 and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee, 2002
  • Article on statue of William III from Petersfield Society newsletter, 1999
  • Files arranged A-Z relating to local places and villages
  • News cuttings relating to Alec Guinness and Lady Guinness
  • South DownsNational Park Designation Order 2002 with Boundary Map
  • Typescript notes on the history of Chalton by John Bohun 1969-70, including photographs and transcripts of interviews with local residents
  • Wallet on ‘Administrative History’ including:
    • Recommendations on Future Electoral Arrangements for East Hampshire 2000
    • Copy list of Petersfield streets with construction dates and notes on former names
    • Modern facsimile of Countess of Gloucester’s Charter to Petersfield
    • Extracts from 19th Century Parliamentary Reports concerning Petersfield Borough

Council Minutes and Agenda

  • Petersfield Urban District Council Yearbooks for the years 1966/67, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73
  • Published booklets of byelaws made by Petersfield Urban District Council and East Hampshire District Council-includes byelaws on tents, vans and sheds for 1914 and byelaws on stubble burning, markets, waste of water, sale of food in open air, The Heath and building regulations
  • Hampshire County Council byelaws from c1953-1986


Room Hire

Petersfield Library Exhibition Room

Butser room

The Butser Room is available for hire and will seat up to 60 people.

The room is WiFi enabled, has a data projector & screen on the wall and flipchart.

The room has its own toilet facilities and a hot water dispenser or making tea/coffee.

Subject to other bookings the room is available to hire during library opening hours.


  • Standard - Mon-Sat £20 per hour
  • Standard - daily charge up to 5pm £100
  • Community - Mon-Sat £15 per hour
  • Community - daily charge up to 5pm £60

Heath room

Heath room

The Heath room is available to hire and will seat up to 20 people.

The room is WiFi enabled, has data projector & screen and flip chart.

The room has its own toilet facilities and arrangements can be made for making tea/coffee.

Subject to other bookings the room is available to hire during library opening hours.


  • Standard - Mon-Sat £15 per hour
  • Standard - daily charge up to 5pm £75
  • Community - Mon-Sat £10 per hour
  • Community - daily charge up to 5pm £50


  • 22 public computers
  • free internet
  • free Wi-Fi access
  • scanner
  • photocopying - black and white, A4, A3 and double-sided
  • fax
  • DVDs, CDs, audio books
  • room hire
  • exhibition facilities
  • Microfilm / fiche reader
  • Quiet study area


  • hearing loop
  • magnifier available
  • 1 designated parking bay for Blue Badge holders
  • public parking nearby
  • wheelchair access into building but not mezzanine floor
  • Shopmobility available nearby
  • More accessibility and disability information


Petersfield Library

27 The Square
Petersfield, GU32 3HH
tel 0845 6035631 call charges

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Opening hours

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tue 9am - 5pm
Wed 9am - 7pm
Thu 9am - 5pm
Fri 9am - 7pm
Sat 9am - 5pm
Sun closed

Closed on Public Holidays

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