Midhurst Museum retells the curse of Cowdray in new exhibition

MIDHURST museum is reliving the Tudor period throughout May – an era when the town was at the at the height of its fame.

Its Tudor fortified house at Cowdray, now the Ruins, was visited by Henry VIII, his son Edward VI and Elizabeth I and the infamous Guy Fawkes was a footman there.

The story behind the curse of Cowdray is retold and how the family would be victims of accidents through fire and water.

Later while the house was being refurbished it caught fire and it is said the servant sent to tell the son and heir of the fire met another at Calais who had news of the son’s death by drowning while he was on holiday in Germany.

The display will include artefacts from Cowdray House after the fire including a lock, rush lights and pottery. There will also be Tudor dress and pictures of the Tudor owners of Cowdray together with a series of prints of Cowdray before the fire. Other items will include Tudor silver coins and carving.

At the same time a Tudor Trail has been organised around Midhurst, picking out the most notable buildings.

As more volunteers have come forward the museum is now open on Fridays 10am-2.30pm and in addition on Saturdays 10am-12.30pm.

Cowdray Ruins opens from March to October, Sunday to Thursday from 10.30am- 5pm.