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

    In the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre, Southwick Street, Southwick

    Saturdays August 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 10.30 to 12.00

    Pictures Exhibition
    The new exhibition will feature over 30 paintings, photographs and pictures which have been donated to the Society over the last couple of years, and which have not been on display before. There is an eclectic mix of pictures ranging from locally painted scenes and photographs to aerial views of Southwick in 1935 and 1955. There are also several group pictures featuring Southwick Bowling Club, Southwick Fire Brigade, Southwick Urban District Council members, The Wanderers Cricket Club and staff from Flinns Dyeworks and Cleaners posing on Southwick Green. There are also two certificates for bravery presented to a local eleven-year-old boy who tried to save another boy from drowning. There are a series of pictures of Central Garage and Grange Road and a selection of photographs of the VE day celebrations in Rectory Gardens. Also copies of three paintings by an unknown artist painted in 1849, showing Hobden’s Cottages and St Michael’s Church. 

    Measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all the visitors and stewards. Visitors will enter through the usual entrance and follow a one-way system through the building and out the side door. Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and exit and the number of visitors in each room will be strictly limited. The upstairs will not be open. Visitors are requested to wear masks inside the building and will have to leave their name and telephone number for the track and trace scheme. The shop will not be open for browsing but stock may be purchased providing the correct money can be paid. Stewards will not be handling money or giving change. Stock can also be purchased by emailing southwicksociety@gmail.com.

Southwick (Sussex) Society