East Preston

East Preston

Explore the history and community of East Preston.


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

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

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


The current edition of the Littlehampton Gazette is available to view at East Preston, Littlehampton, Angmering and Rustington libraries. Paper copies are kept for one month in all libraries except Littlehampton. 

Back issues of the Littlehampton Gazette are available on microfilm at Chichester Library for the years 1923-2016, (known as the Arun Gazette 1977-1990).

Search the library catalogue for more details.

Back issues of the Littlehampton Gazette for 2017 onwards and the Littlehampton Observer 1914-1925 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

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

Further coverage of East Preston can be found on the Littlehampton Gazette website and All About East Preston Magazine.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in East Preston and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Littlehampton Gazette 1923-1938 and 1955-1956. 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 East Preston can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of East Preston 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

East Preston Neighbourhood Plan

East Preston Official Guide and Map

East Preston Village Design Statement

Blue Plaque 

Far End, 63, Sea Lane, East Preston – home of Edith Ayrton and Israel Zangwill lifelong campaigners for women’s suffrage and world peace.

Family Search genealogical resources and links 

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.

Genuki genealogical resources and links

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

History of the East Preston workhouse:


West Sussex Record Office Blog

Angmering Village Website article

Family Search article

Places of Interest

Highdown Gardens

Ferring Country Centre

Bluebird Cafe

Local Walks

Bald Explorer Walks

Local Information

East Preston Parish Council

Arun District Council

Local Organisations

East Preston Festival

Flashback East Preston Facebook Group

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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