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
    Saturday 10th November 2 pm to 4 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.




  • 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


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

    The History of Widewater Lagoon
    by Gary Purnell
    Monday 14th January 2019

    The Industrial Landscape between Brighton and Worthing

    by Trevor Povey
    Monday 11th February 2019

    Maps and Map making in Sussex
    by Caroline Adams
    Monday 11th March 2019


Southwick (Sussex) Society