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 Heritage Talks take place in the Garden Room of Southwick Community Centre at 7.30 pm
    Admission £2 for members and £4 for non members

    Monday 12th February at 7.30 pm
    Sussex Scrapbook

    by  Chris Horlock

    Chris Horlock is a well-known author and speaker who has delighted audiences all over Sussex with his 'Scrapbook' talks. He will give us a broad mix of topics and stories, 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 yesteryear.Chris is a regular contributor to Sussex Life magazine, has written seven 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.

    Monday 12th March

    Steaming through Sussex
    by Bill Gage

    Steaming through Sussex is not a talk for the dedicated rail enthusiast for it does not dwell of types of locomotives and rolling stock or technical details of operation. It is a presentation of social history which uses railways as a platform. Using images dating from the 1890s numerous tales are told including the runaway train from Petworth, wind and fire at Bognor Regis when the station was blown down and subsequently razed to the ground by fire, the engine which dropped into a 30ft gully and the race along the south coast by Queen Victoria's funeral train. A talk at which the speaker encourages participation for a lively and informative presentation.

  • Exhibitions

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

Southwick (Sussex) Society