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.

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.

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.

Coultershaw redevelopment project

During 2013 and 2014, a major redevelopment has been underway at the Coultershaw Heritage site. With a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, buildings have been restored to allow access for more areas of the site. The Engine House, constructed in 1919, now houses our collection of water pumps which visitors can operate. The Warehouse, with toilets, provides a heated space for learning activities, talks and exhibitions. Around the site new exhibitions will enable visitors to understand the important part that Coultershaw played in the development of Petworth and the surrounding area.

As well as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the trustees are grateful to the following organisations for supporting the redevelopment project: South Downs National Park Authority, Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, Charles Hayward Foundation, the AG Manly Charitable Trust, Petworth Society, Petworth Town Council and Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society.