SU 976-218 Sussex England
Petworth House was originally a mid 12th century fortified manor house, founded by the Percies. In 1309, Henry de Percy founded the stone castle, when King Edward II granted him, a license to crenellate. In the late 16th and early 17th century, the earls of Northumberland extended and repaired the castle. In the late 17th century, Charles Seymour, duke of Somerset, absorbed the fortification in the construction of a magnificent country mansion, which then received considerable 19th century alterations, by Anthony Salvin. The chapel, with its Early English Gothic windows, is the only surviving complete part of the medieval castle but restoration work has also revealed, a medieval outer wall, an external mullioned window and an original spiral stair turret. 4 miles west is Lodsworth Castle and 6 miles south-east at Pulborough is Park Mount.
Petworth House is located in the village centre, off North Street. 29 miles north-west of Brighton, on the A27-A283.
The site is owned by The National Trust and the house is open, Saturday to Wednesday mid March to October 11:00-5:00pm, park open 8:00 to dusk.
There is a car park.