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
  • Heritage Talks

    MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2016; 7.30 pm

    Those magnificent men in their flying machines—the Pashley brothers.

    Presented by Bill Gage 

    The Pashley brothers, Cecil and Eric were amongst the earliest pioneer fliers at Shoreham airport.  Cecil learned to fly in 1908 aged just 17 and Eric in 1911.  In 1913 they started the South Coast Flying Club at Shoreham and taught many people to fly.  Cecil continued flying and teaching until just before his death in 1969 and was an instructor for over 50 years.  Eric joined the Royal Flying corps in 1916 and died in an accident in 1917 but not before he had become an ace, shooting down 8 enemy aircraft.  Cecil taught Fred Miles of Portslade to fly and in 1926 they formed the Gnat Aero Company with Fred’s brother George.  This developed into  the Miles factory which built aircraft in Shoreham until the 1960s.

    MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016; 7.30 pm

    Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside

    Presented by Ian Gledhill

    A light-hearted look at seaside history of Sussex over the years, from
    Bathing Machines to End of the Pier Shows and "What the Butler Saw".  

Southwick (Sussex) Society