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 - See also Programme for the Year
  • Manor Cottage Exhibitions 2015

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

  • Opening Times

    All exhibitions are open on Saturday morning 10.30 to 12.30 (until 4.30pm on May 30th, June 6th, June 13th,July 18th and September 12th).

  • Sixties Southwick

    Saturday July 11th to Saturday August 15th

    The 1960’s were a time of great change in Southwick and Fishersgate. Almost all the buildings, houses and shops in Albion Street, Grange Road, Butts Road, Lock, Rock and Station Roads and in Fishersgate south of the rail-way were demolished. Modern flats replaced the old substandard houses and a smart new shopping centre, Southwick Square, was built on the Egg Field. The Green School closed, a new Methodist church was built and the last residents moved out of Southwick’s oldest house, the Manor Cottage.

  • 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

    Sussex During the First World War

    Monday 12th October

    by Ian Everest

    Princess Bariatavsky

    Monday 9th November
    by John & Jeannette Simpson

Southwick (Sussex) Society