RICHARD COBDEN (1804-1865), English manufacturer and Radical politician, was born at a farmhouse called Dunford, near Midhurst, in Sussex, on the 3rd of June 1804.
Formerly there had been in the town of Midhurst a small manufacture of hosiery with which the Cobdens were connected, though all trace of it had disappeared before the birth of Richard.
There was a grammar school at Midhurst, which at one time had enjoyed considerable reputation, but which had fallen into decay.
That effort was followed by great physical prostration, and he determined not to quit his retirement at Midhurst until spring had fairly set in.
In 1768 Lord Holland bought the pocket borough of Midhurst for him, and he entered on his parliamentary career, and on London society, in 1769.
MIDHURST, a market town in the north-western parliamentary division of Sussex, England, 12 m.
A grammar-school was founded at Midhurst in 1672 and attained some eminence.
From Midhurst; it bears the name of King Edward VII., who laid-its foundation stone and opened it.
The name of Midhurst (Middeherst, Mudhurst) first occurs in the reign of Henry I.
Franco de Bohun inherited Midhurst from his uncle Savaric Fitz-Savaric, and the De Bohuns held the lordship until 1499 when Sir David Owen obtained it through his marriage with the daughter of the last male heir.
Midhurst is definitely called a borough in the reign of Edward I., but the borough-court and market were probably in existence much earlier.
Midhurst returned two members to parliament from1300-1301till 1832, and from that date one member until 1885 when it was disfranchised.
He was educated at Midhurst grammar school and at the Royal College of Science, where he was trained in physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology and biology.