Midhurst’s Royal Coat of Arms has a new home

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Midhurst’s historic Royal Coat of Arms has found a new home in the Old Library.

For many years the Arms hung in the conference room of Capron House where the town council held its meetings. But with the council’s move to the Old Library the owners, The Midhurst Town Trust felt it was appropriate that the Arms should follow. They were originally the property of the Cowdray Estate and loaned to the Town Trust for use in the Old Town Hall’s Court Room.

In 1939 when the new courthouse was built in Grange Road, the panel was re-located there where it remained for many years. In 1981 with donations from Lord Cowdray, Chichester District Council, West Sussex Magistrates Courts Committee authorised the restoration of the Arms.

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