Petersfield is a market town in the English county of Hampshire, situated on the northern border of the South Downs. The town was founded at the end of the 11th century. It grew as a coach stop on the Portsmouth to London route, and today is situated on both the main rail and road link between the two cities. Petersfield is twinned with Barentin in France, and Warendorf in Germany.
The artist Flora Twort, the agriculturalist John Worlidge, the footballer George Best, actor Alec Guinness and the Hambledon cricketer John Small all lived in Petersfield at some point. Small was a Petersfield cobbler in the late eighteenth-century, whose shop sign read:
Here lives John Small
Makes bat and ball
Pitch a wicket, play at cricket
With any man in England.