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
  • Coffee Morning

    Saturday 2nd November 10.30 to 12.20

    Come and join us for tea or coffee as we reminisce about the industries that used to thrive in Southwick and Fishersgate: Metal Box, Flinn’s dyeworks and cleaners, Kaiser Bondor, Shoreham Shipping, National Benzole, Texaco, two power stations and others.


  • Heritage Talks

    All talks are in the Garden Room of Southwick Community Centre at 7.30 pm
    Admission is £3 for members and £5 for non members

    Sussex Scrapbook 2

    by Chris Horlock
    Monday 14th October

    Back by popular demand after delighting us with his eclectic and fascinating Sussex Scrapbook 1, Chris Horlock will present Sussex Scrapbook 2, the next instalment. Once again he will give us a broad mix of topics including anecdotes about famous people connected with Sussex, details of historic buildings and landmarks, local traditions and folklore, ghost stories, quaint ‘health cures’, plus all sorts of curious legends, tales and mysteries. The talk is fully illustrated, mostly with historic prints and pictures, showing the long-gone Sussex of

    Chris is a regular contributor to Sussex Life magazine, has written 7 books on the history of Brighton, appeared on TV several times and frequently travels across Sussex, visiting its towns and villages, researching the history and heritage of the county.

    The Grand Piers of Brighton
    by Sarah Tobias
    Monday 11th November

Southwick (Sussex) Society