Explore the history and community of Broadwater.


Images of Broadwater can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

Go to 'Advanced Search: Catalogue' and search for 'Broadwater' in 'Any Text'.

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


The current edition of the Worthing Herald is available to view at Broadwater, Durrington, Ferring, Findon, Goring and Worthing libraries. Paper copies are kept for one month in all libraries except Worthing, where they are kept for one year. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings about local topics is kept at Broadwater Library.

Back issues of the Worthing Herald 2017 onwards, the Worthing Gazette 1884, 1901-1925 and 1939-1945 and a collection of newspaper cuttings about the Worthing area are available to view on the public computers in all 36 West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

The Argus and West Sussex Gazette are available to library members from home via Press Reader.

The Worthing Herald and monthly Worthing Journal magazine have some content available online through their websites and Facebook pages. Some back issues of Inside Broadwater magazine are available online.

The Times Digital Archive  includes some coverage of events in Broadwater and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Worthing Gazette 1889-1960 and the Worthing Herald 1921-1958. You can access the BNA for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library.

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


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

Historic maps of Broadwater 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

Victoria County History - Broadwater

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria County History (VCH) is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day.

History and description with images of St Mary’s, Broadwater

Francis Frith’s collection of old photographs of Broadwater

Family Search genealogical resources and links - Broadwater

Genuki genealogical resources and links – Broadwater

Free virtual reference library of genealogical information for the UK and Ireland.

Broadwater Cemetery search/find a grave

Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery Newsletters

Places of Interest

Broadwater Green

Broadwater Cemetery

Broadwater War Memorial

Local Walks

Worthing Town Trails

12 walking trails exploring places of historical interest around Worthing, including Broadwater.  Available to print or download.

Local Information

Adur and Worthing Council

Local Council Website

Discover Worthing

Worthing's Official Tourist Information website

Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce

Information about and support for local businesses

Local Organisations

Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery

Dedicated to the restoration of the cemetery and the preservation of the history contained within it. Provide regular guided tours of the cemetery on different topics, and produce accompanying booklets (see library catalogue for more details).

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

More Help & 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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