Welcome to the website of the Southwick (Sussex) Society

The Society is active in the following fields:

  • Running the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre
  • Campaigning on local issues
  • Commenting upon planning matters affecting the local area
  • Running talks, exhibitions and meetings on matters of interest to those living or working in the Southwick area
  • Publishing local history books and "Wickerwork" - a regular newsletter updating members on activities and local matters of interest

The Manor Cottage is located at 16/18 Southwick Street, BN42 4TE, just north of Southwick Square on the eastern side of the road and is open every Saturday morning from mid May to mid September. Exhibitions are frequently held in the Cottage and entrance is free. The Cottage has a shop selling local history books, pamphlets and souvenir items.

Talks are held on the second Monday of every month from September to April at the Southwick Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. 

Upcoming events - See also Programme for the Year
  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions are held in the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre, Southwick Street

    Southwick's Great War
    August 4th to September 8th 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

    It is believed that about 600 Southwick men and women served in the Great War and about 100 failed to return. Towards the end of the war the Green became a military camp and the concrete "Mystery Towers" were built in the harbour. After the war a memorial was built on the Green and the Southwick Patriotic Fund showed its appreciation to those who served. This exhibition looks at the experiences of some of those who served in the armed services and merchant navy and a Southwick man who was a passenger on a torpedoed liner.

    Southwick Enigmas Book Launch

    Saturday August 11th 10.30 to 12.30

    The Southwick Society has published a new local history book. Written by Mary Candy it explores some of the long lost places often referred to by locals; Hobden’s Cottage, Hope Cottage, Crab House, the Egg Field, the Indian Temple, the Mystery Towers and more. Drawing on extensive research as well as personal memories of Southwick residents and written records and photographs from the Society’s own archives Mary has pulled together a picture of what these places once looked like and how they have left their legacy on our town. Southwick Enigmas costs just £5 and all profits go to support the work of the Southwick Society. 

  • Heritage Talks

    All talks are in the Garden Room of Southwick Community Centre at 7.30 pm
    Admission is £2 for members and £4 for non members

    Operation Sealion; the projected German invasion of Britain in 1940

    by Mark Perry-Nash
    Monday 10th September

    The history of stone masonry
    by Adam Stone
    Monday 8th October

    Lancing college and its local history
    by Janet Pennington
    Monday 12th November 

Southwick (Sussex) Society