Explore the history and community of Billingshurst.


Images of Billingshurst and Horsham can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

Go to 'Advanced Search: Catalogue' and search for 'Billingshurst' or 'Horsham' in 'Any Text'.

Further images of Billingshurst are also available on the West Sussex Record Office Online Photo Database


The current edition of the West Sussex County Times (Horsham edition) is available to view at Billingshurst, Horsham, Henfield, Pulborough, Steyning, Southwater, Storrington and Worthing libraries. Paper copies are kept for one month in all libraries except Horsham, where they are kept for one year. 

Back issues of the West Sussex County Times are available on microfilm at Horsham Library for the years 1871-2016. The newspaper was known as the Horsham Advertiser 1871-1888 and the West Sussex Times 1888-1893.

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Back issues of the West Sussex County Times 2017 onwards and 1914-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all 36 West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

The West Sussex County Times (Horsham edition), The Argus and West Sussex Gazette are available to library members from home via Press Reader

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Billinghurst and West Sussex from 1785-2014. Available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the West Sussex County Times 1874-1958 (incomplete). You can access the British Newspaper Archive for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library.

Village Tweet magazine covers Billingshurst.

For any enquiries about newspapers, please use our Ask a Librarian form


A current map of Billingshurst can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Current maps can also be viewed on the Horsham District Council Local Plan Mapping Portal: an interactive web based mapping tool which enables members of the public to search and locate policy areas.

Historic maps of Billingshurst are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database.


Some Kellys Sussex Directories can be found on Ancestry - available free in all West Sussex Libraries. Some directories are available as digitised copies on the public computers in all libraries  - see our Digitised Directories Helpsheet. You can search the library catalogue to see which directories are available on microfiche. For any queries, please use our Ask a Librarian form.

House History

If you are researching the history of your house, the National Archives House Research Guide is a good place to start.

West Sussex Record Office also have many sources to help with your investigations.

Online Resources

Billingshurst Parish Council Official Guide

Billingshurst Conservation Area Map

Billingshurst Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

Design Statement for the Parish of Billingshurst

Billingshurst Village Directory 2019-2020

Sussex Record Society Bibliography of Billingshurst

Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan

Plaistow VE Day Presentation by the Kirdford, Plaistow and Ifold History Society

Wisborough Green History

Whistlestop Arts 

Talks and armchair tours about places of interest in Sussex including Horsham Museum, Woods Mill and Rudgwick.

Family Search

Free database including billions of indexed records from around the world including UK parish registers and census. You will need to sign up for a free account. Records for Billingshurst include:

Index to monumental inscriptions of St Mary the Virgin, Billingshurst and United Reformed Church, Billingshurst

Baptisms and burials, 1591-1639, 1664-1862, 1901-1912; marriages, 1591-1639, 1664-1840, 1856-1911

Parish register transcripts 1583-1900

Parish registers for Billingshurst 1558-1889

Settlement miscellanea and other parish records 1622-1827

Places of Interest

Wey and Arun Canal Trust

Boat trips from near Billingshurst run by this charitable trust working to reopen the Wey and Arun Canal for leisure.

Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House

Established as a Quaker Meeting House in 1691 by William Penn and others and still used today for worship.

Local Walks

Horsham District Heritage Trails - includes Billingshurst

Billingshurst Circular

Local Information

Billingshurst Parish Council

Billingshurst Community Partnership

Loxwood Parish Council

Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council

Wisborough Green Parish Council

Local Organisations

Billingshurst Local History Society

Billinghurst Community and Conference Centre

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

More Help and Information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.


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