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 May to 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
  • Manor Cottage Exhibitions 2015

    The Manor Cottage Heritage Centre will be open every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.30 between May 30th and September 26th.


  • Opening Times

    All exhibitions are open on Saturday morning 10.30 to 12.30 unless otherwise stated.


  • The History of Albion Street

    Saturday 30th May to Saturday July 4th


  • Sixties Southwick

    Saturday July 11th to Saturday August 15th


  • Southwick Churches

    Saturday August 22nd to Saturday September 26th


  • Southwick's Great War





    This exhibition shows what happened to Southwick and its people through the Great War illustrating events in the town and the experiences of the men in the army navy and merchant navy.  It will roll out month by month with frequent changes reflecting events as they happened.

    The story of Southwick and its people in the Great War will continue on Saturday 6th December. It will follow the experiences of some local soldiers and sailors in 1914 and the arrival in Southwick of the men of the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment. The Northamptons were volunteers in training and found great kindness whilst they were billeted here.


  • Heritage Talks


    RAF Truleigh Hill Radar Station 1940 to 1960


    Monday 14th September 2015

    by Roy Taylor

    RAF Truleigh Hill was a radar station that operated above Shoreham from June 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain. It continued through the early stages of the Cold War in the 1950s, finally ceasing operations in November 1957. At the height of the wartime operations, 180 staff served the station, mostly billeted with families in Shoreham. The officers were housed in a large property in Upper Beeding. In the 1950s a purpose built camp between Stoney Lane and Buci Crescent was home to approximately 120 personnel.

    Roy was a Radar Operator at Truleigh Hill in the latter part of 1956 and all of 1957, based at the camp in Stoney Lane.


Southwick (Sussex) Society