Explore the history and community of Ferring.


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

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


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. 

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. 

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Ferring and West Sussex from 1785-2019 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Worthing Gazette 1889-1897, 1899-1960 and the Worthing Herald 1921-1959. You can access the British Newspaper Archive 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 Ferring can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Ferring 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

Francis Frith’s collection of old photographs of Ferring


History of Highdown

Archaeology of Highdown

Discover Worthing Guide to Highdown

Outline History of Ferring

Ferring Through the Ages

St Andrew’s Church, Ferring

Information & history Kingston Gorse area

Information about the old chapel of Kingston:

Ferring History Group

Family Search genealogical resources and links - Ferring

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.


Kingston Gorse

Places of Interest

Highdown Gardens

Ferring Country Centre

Bluebird Cafe

Local Walks

South Ferring

North Ferring

Highdown Gardens Walks and Trails

Local Information

Ferring Parish Council

Arun District Council

Local Organisations

Ferring History Group

Ferring Conservation Group

Ferring Neighbourhood Development Plan

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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