In the early 1800s, Petersfield was an important coaching stop with some 27 stagecoaches passing through the town every day. Rail arrived in 1859, connecting the town to London and Portsmouth and all but ending the coaching industry's foothold. By the end of the 19th century, residential development was moving fast, with houses built on Lavant Street and Station Street, right by the rail tracks. The station still serves passengers to London and Portsmouth today, with three trains per hour to each destination.
Petersfield itself has been a market town since the 12th century, and its square still holds a monthly farmers' market, as well as a French version in conjunction with the twin town of Barentin. On the High Street, a seven minute walk from the station, you'll find two gardens of note: the Petersfield Physic Garden, a recreated 17th-century herb garden; and the Charles Dickens garden, next door to the Red Lion pub.