West Sussex: Local History Resources

The historic county of Sussex used to be a medieval kingdom. The western part of the territory has become the modern-day county of West Sussex.

You’ll find West Sussex in the south of England, in the region called South East England. It boasts a combination of beautiful countryside, fifty miles of coastline, and easy access to London.

West Sussex History Facebook Groups

Pagham Local History Group

“A place to discuss memories of Pagham with old photos and share an interest in Pagham local and family history”.

West Sussex Local History Resources

We have an extensive list of UK national resources which also includes information about the history of people and places in West Sussex. In addition, the following resources exist specifically to record and examine the history of the county:

  • Amberley Working Museum
  • Angmering Village Life
  • Ardingly History Society
  • Arundel Museum Society
  • Ashurst Wood Historians
  • Battle & District Historical Society
  • The Beeding and Bramber Local History Society
  • Bexhill Museum Research Group
  • Billingshurst Local History Society
  • Bognor Regis Local History Society
  • Bolney Local History Society
  • The Brewery History Society
  • Brickmakers Index
  • Brighton Fishing Museum
  • Brighton History Centre
  • Burgess Hill Local History Society
  • Chichester Local History Society
  • Chichester District Museum
  • Coastguards Index
  • Cowfold Village History Society
  • Crawley Museum
  • Crowborough Field Society
  • Customs Officers Superannuated between 1841 and 1891
  • Danehill Parish Historical Society
  • Ditchling History Project
  • Ditchling Museum Friends’ Association
  • The East Grinstead Society
  • East Grinstead Town Museum
  • East Hoathly & District Preservation Society
  • East Preston & Kingston Local History
  • Felbridge and District History Group
  • Felpham and Middleton Local History Workshop
  • The Fernhurst Society
  • Ferring History Group
  • Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society
  • Hartfield and District History Group
  • Hastings Local History Group
  • Hastings Fishermen’s Museum
  • Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
  • Hastings Area Archaeological Research Group
  • Heathfield & District History Society
  • Henfield History Group
  • Horsham Museum Society
  • Hurstpierpoint Historical Society
  • Ifold Local History Society
  • Lancing and Sompting Pastfinders
  • Lewes History Group
  • Littlehampton Local History Society
  • Friends of Lowfield Heath Windmill
  • Macclesfield Museums Trust
  • Mayfield Local History Society
  • Newhaven Historical Society
  • Northiam and District Historical and Literary Society
  • Nutley Local History Society
  • Pagham Local History Group
  • Peacehaven and Telscombe Historical Society
  • Petworth Society
  • Pevensey and Westham Historical Society
  • Pub History Society
  • Regency Town House
  • Ringmer History Study Group
  • Rogate Society
  • Friends of Romney Marsh Research Trust
  • Rottingdean Preservation Society
  • Rudgwick Preservation Society
  • Rustington Heritage Association
  • Rye Castle Museum
  • Index of Seamen at Trafalgar
  • The Selsey Society
  • The Shoreham Society
  • Southwater Local History Group
  • Southwick (Sussex) Society
  • Steyning Museum Trust
  • Storrington and District Museum Society
  • Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society
  • Sussex Mills Group
  • Sussex Record Society
  • Tools and Trades History Society
  • Uckfield & District Preservation Society Local History Group
  • The Wadhurst History Society
  • Warbleton and District History Group
  • The Warnham Society
  • Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
  • Wealden Iron Research Group
  • West Hoathly Local History Group
  • West Sussex County Council Library Service Local Studies Library
  • Westbourne Local History Group
  • Wivelsfield History Study Group
  • The Worthing Society

Cities, Towns, And Villages Of West Sussex

  • Adversane, Albourne, Aldingbourne, Aldsworth, Aldwick, Almodington, Amberley, Ancton, Angmering, Ansty, Apuldram, Ardingly, Arundel, Ashfold, Ashington, Ashurst, Ashurst Wood, Atherington
  • Balcombe, Balls Cross, Barlavington, Barnham, Barns Green, Bedham, Bepton, Bignor, Billingshurst, Bilsham, Binderton, Birdham, Bolney, Bognor Regis, Borden, Bosham, Bosham Hoe, Botolphs, Boxgrove, Bracklesham Bay, Bramber, Broadbridge Heath, Brooks Green, Broomer’s Corner, Burgess Hill, Burpham, Bury, Byworth
  • Charlton, Chichester, Chidham, Chilgrove, Chithurst, Church Norton, Clapham, Climping, Cocking, Codmore Hill, Coldwaltham, Colgate, Colworth, Compton, Coneyhurst, Coolham, Coombes, Cootham, Copsale, Copthorne, Coultershaw Bridge, Cowfold, Crabtree, Crawley, Crawley Down, Crockerhill, Cuckfield
  • Dell Quay, Dial Green, Dial Post, Didling, Donnington, Duncton, Durfold Wood, Durleighmarsh, Durrington
  • Earnley, Eartham, Easebourne, East Ashling, East Dean, East Grinstead, East Hampnett, East Harting, East Lavant, East Lavington, East Marden, East Preston, East Wittering, Eastergate, Ebernoe, Egdean, Elmer, Elsted
  • Faygate, Felpham, Fernhurst, Ferring, Findon, Fishbourne, Fishersgate, Fittleworth, Five Oaks, Flansham, Fontwell, Ford, Foul Mile, Fulking, Funtington, Fyning
  • Gay Street, Goddards Green, Goose Green, Goring by Sea, Graffham, Green Street, Gunter’s Bridge
  • Habin, Halnaker, Hammer, Hammerwood, Hampers Green, Handcross, Hardham, Harting, Hassocks, Haywards Heath, Heath End, Henfield, Henley (near Fernhurst), Heyshott, Hickstead, High Salvington, Highbrook, Hill Brow, Horsham, Horsted Keynes, Houghton, Hoyle, Hunston, Hurstpierpoint, Hurst Wickham
  • Ifield, Ifold, Iping, Itchenor, Itchingfield
  • Keymer, Kingsfold, Kingsley Green, Kingston by Ferring, Kingston by Sea, Kirdford
  • Lancing, Langley, Lavant, Lidsey, Lickfold, Linch, Linchmere, Lindfield, Littlehampton, Lodsworth, Lower Beeding, Lower Horncroft, Loxwood, Lurgashall, Lyminster
  • Madehurst, Mannings Heath, Maudlin, Merston, Mid Lavant, Middleton-on-Sea, Midhurst, Milland, Monk’s Gate, Minsted
  • Newtimber, North Bersted, Newpound Common, North Marden, North Horsham, North Mundham, North Stoke, Northchapel, Norton, Nutbourne (Chichester), Nutbourne (Horsham), Nuthurst, Nyewood, Nyetimber, Nyton
  • Offham, Oving
  • Pagham, Parham, Partridge Green, Patching, Pease Pottage, Petworth, Plaistow, Plummer’s Plain, Poling, Poynings, Prinsted, Pulborough, Pyecombe
  • Quebec
  • Rake, Redford, River, Rogate, Rose Green, Rowhook, Rudgwick, Runcton, Rustington
  • Sayers Common, Selham, Selsey, Selsfield Common, Sharpthorne, Shermanbury, Shillinglee, Shipley, Shipton Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, Shripney, Sidlesham, Singleton, Slaugham, Slindon, Slinfold, Slough Green, Small Dole, Somerley, Sompting, South Ambersham, South Bersted, South Harting, South Stoke, Southbourne, Southwater, Southwick, Spear Hill, Staplefield, Stedham, Steyning, Stopham, Storrington, Stoughton, Strettington, Strood Green, Sullington, Sutton
  • Tangmere, Terwick, Terwick Common, Thakeham, Three Bridges, Tillington, Tisman’s Common, Tortington, Tote Hill, Treyford, Trotton, Turners Hill, Twineham
  • Up Marden, Upper Beeding, Upperton, Upwaltham
  • Walberton, Walderton, Warnham, Warningcamp, Warninglid, Washington, Watersfield, West Ashling, West Burton, West Chiltington, West Dean, West Grinstead, West Harting, West Hoathly, West Itchenor, West Lavington, West Marden, West Preston, West Stoke, West Thorney, West Wittering, Wepham, Westbourne, Westergate, Westerton, Westhampnett, Whitehall, Whitemans Green, Wick, Wineham, Wisborough Green, Woodgate, Woodmancote (Horsham), Woodmancote (Chichester). Woolbeding, Worth, Worthing
  • Yapton

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