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The Arts Society West Sussex

The Arts Society West Sussex was founded as West Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society (WSDFAS) in 1969 and became the twentieth member society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), now know as The Arts Society.

We provide our members with an excellent programme of illustrated lectures, and we arrange visits to galleries, museums, country houses and other places of cultural interest. We also organise study days and arrange an annual holiday either in the UK or abroad.

Meetings are normally held in Fittleworth Village Hall RH20 1JH on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.00 pm and are followed by tea & coffee (Doors open 1.40 pm).

Fittleworth is a convenient distance from Petworth, Pulborough, Arundel, Midhurst, Billingshurst and Chichester. There is ample parking at the Hall and visitors are welcome.

Visitors are most welcome to attend at a nominal fee of £5 a time.

Petworth House and Park | National Trust

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe, Petworth House is an extraordinary and surprising ancestral seat created by just one family over 900 years. The 17th-century building you see today comprises grand state rooms which form the centrepiece of your visit. Designed to display the taste, lifestyle and artistic patronage of generations, the state rooms offer an infinity of paintings and sculpture, including major works by Van Dyck, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough. A particular highlight is the earliest English globe in existence dating back to 1592 . This remarkable collection reflects a journey of survival and success through the Tudor Reformation, Gunpowder Plot and the Napoleonic Wars.

The servants’ quarters by contrast offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. Step inside some of these rooms and imagine the hustle and bustle of servant life.

The landscape gives every impression of being totally natural but in reality nothing is further from the truth. The park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

CONTACT
petworth@nationaltrust.org.uk

TELPHONE
01798342207

ADDRESS

Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR