Coultershaw open on Sunday 11th September 2016 as part of Heritage Open Days

The Coultershaw Heritage Site is participating in Heritage Open Days again this year. It is an opportunity for people to explore a range of sites which interpret heritage and culture for free. Many sites, some not normally open to the public, are involved during the weekend from 8-11 September 2016. Further details can found here:




Open on Sunday 15 May 2016 for National Mills Weekend

National Mills Weekend is the annual national festival of our milling heritage and enables people to visit a wide range of mills, including Coultershaw.

Until the advent of the steam engine, wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many different processes – from making flour, paper, cloth to hammering metal and extracting oils. There have been mills at Coultershaw from before the Domesday survey of 1086, until 1973 when the last mill was demolished. The mills were located here on the River Rother so that they could be powered by river water.  Coultershaw had a variety of mills over the centuries- corn mills, fulling mills and malting mills. The remains of the mills can be seen together with the impressive waterwheel-powered beam pump.

THE BIG DRAW at Coultershaw: Saturday 1st October 2016, 11.00am – 5.00pm

The Heritage Site is participating in the National Big Draw day again this year.

Come and join us. Have fun and draw our interesting and historic site. There is a waterwheel, 18th century waterpump, 21st century water turbine and historic buildings set around the mill pond.

All ages and abilities welcome.

Admission: £2.50 for adults over 16; accompanied children are free. Drawing materials are free of charge.


Discover More for Less at Coultershaw

Leave your car at home and enjoy the South Downs National Park by bus or train.

Coultershaw and a number of other attractions are offering 2-for-1 entry for visitors that get to us by bus or train. Offer runs until 2 April 2016.

On arrival show a valid train or bus ticket for all members of your party and you’ll get 2-for-1. (T&Cs apply)

We want you to enjoy your visit to the South Downs and help to keep the area a special place, and support a more environmentally sustainable future for us all.

Go to for more information about the participating attractions and suggestions about other things to enjoy in their vicinity. You’ll also find links to bus and train stations and walking routes from bus and train stops.



More to see in 2015

At Christmas 2013, the newly-completed boardwalk was washed away in the floods. During last year,  the Coultershaw volunteers have worked hard to salvage the remains of the original boardwalk and rebuild it to resist future flooding. Now visitors can use the boardwalk to see more of the Heritage Site and new panels tell the story of Coultershaw’s importance as a transport hub in the 19th century.

Family Activity: Big Draw at Coultershaw on 5th Oct 2014

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Come and join us at Coultershaw Heritage Site on the 5th October 2014, 11am to 5pm for our Big Draw event.

Have fun drawing our site and exploring by taking part in our family nature trail. The activity is for all the family and free with entry to the site.

The Big Draw is the world’s largest festival of drawing and has events going on all over the country.

Find out more about our other events and activities on the learning page of the website.


Restoration Project formally opened by Lord Egremont on Wednesday 16th July


 The completion of the Restoration Project at the Coultershaw Heritage Site was celebrated at a party on Wednesday evening, 16th July. The event was held in the restored Warehouse  and over 120 guests enjoyed wine and refreshments on a magnificent sunny evening with the Petworth Town Band playing. Lord Egremont unveiled a commemorative plaque and joined other speakers in congratulating the Trustees and their volunteers on their achievement.

Seun Soyemi, Senior Grants Officer responded on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund. He said the HLF had been  pleased to support the project which was a important example of 18th century industrialisation in a rural area. Andrew Shaxson, Chairman of the South Downs National Park Authority Planning Committee, said Coultershaw was one of the few sites of industrial archaeology in the Park; Janet Duncton said she had been pleased to support the grant to Coultershaw from the West Sussex County Council Members Big Society Fund.

Robin Wilson, chairman of The Coultershaw Trust, said ‘ It’s been a long haul.  In 2006 with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Trust commissioned a Conservation Management Plan, on which the Outline Development Plan was based.  Robin went on to thank the Project sponsors and contributors including the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Downs National Park Authority, West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council, The Leconfield Estates, Petworth Town Council,, Charles Hayward Foundation, AG Manly Charitable Trust, Nick Vrijland, Chandlers Building Supplies, Covers Timber Merchants, The Petworth Society, and the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society. He also said the Trust was grateful to the Arun and Rother Connections for their help in setting up the Coultershaw schools programme.

Photographs of the Opening Ceremony
Photographs of the Opening Ceremony


New Website going live 2014

As part of the redevelopment of the Coultershaw Heritage Site, a new website is launched ready for the new season. Although, there is still more material to be added, it provides up-to-date visitor information as well as details of the fascinating history of the site.

Coultershaw damaged by flooding

The worst floods in living memory caused some damage to Coultershaw. Some of the buildings were flooded and the boardwalk, constructed last year was washed away. Although a set back to the redevelopment of Coultershaw, the volunteers are confident that the heritage site will be ready for visitors on Sunday April 6th.