Picture Gallery: A tale of Petworth pubs and alehouses

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A NEW book is set to take readers on a journey through Petworth’s historic inns and alehouses.

‘No Passing Trade’ is the result of more than a decade of research by author Miles Costello into Petworth public houses and will survive as a record of the many houses that have been lost.

A family outside another of Petworth's pubs

A family outside another of Petworth's pubs

Both scholarly and readable, Miles’ book also reads as a history of Petworth itself.

As interactive as it is insightful, the book features old drinking songs alongside stunning pictures, maps and anecdotes, and the extensive historical research, covering hundreds of years, will have readers captivated.

In his introduction, Miles greets his reader: “There is no more to say other than to wish you an enjoyable stroll and please take pleasure in a tipple or three at those few houses that are still open.”

Readers are taken on a tour through Petworth’s alehouses, beginning with North Street before journeying across the town through Church Street and Market Square and Golden Square, ending up at Pound Street and ‘other locations’.

The book is published by The Window Press in a limited edition of just 100 numbered copies and is available now for £15 plus £2 postage and packing, from Miles Costello, 9 South Grove, Petworth, GU28 0ED, telephone 01798 343227.

‘No Passing Trade’ will be launched at a Petworth Society talk on the subject in The Leconfield Hall on Wednesday, April 23 at 7.30pm.