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
  • 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

    Eyes along the Coast
    by Stephen Hand
    Monday 13th January 2020

    The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) was formed in 1994 when two fishermen lost their lives off the Cornish coast in full view of a recently closed Coastguard Station. Local people decided to reopen the station and restore a look-out. Today the NCI is a registered charity and voluntary organisation with more than 50 stations nationwide staffed by over 200 volunteers, 365 days a year. Stephen Hand will fill us in on the work of the Shoreham NCI based in the Second World War searchlight station on Shoreham beach.

    Quiet Corners of the Sussex Coast
    by Geoffrey Mead
    Monday 10th February

    Quiet Corners of the Sussex Coast looks at some of the less frequented spots of our county shoreline from Chichester Harbour in the west to Rye Bay in the east and points inbetween. Geoffrey will be showing us creeks and inlets, islands and shingle bars, sand dunes and river mouths. He is a well known local historian and geographer.

    Southwick North to South - More than 5000 years of history
    by Ray Richards
    Monday 9th March

    The remarkable history of Southwick is displayed by the extensive array of historic sites and buildings which are still present today. In this talk we will take a notional journey through some 5000 years of Southwick's history beginning with the ancient sites on the Downs to the north, then travelling south through periods of Roman, Saxon, Tudor, Victorian and 20th Century occupation and activities. The talk will include discussion of individual sites such as the Roman villa and personalities who have contributed much to Southwick's development and unique character.

Southwick (Sussex) Society