Explore the history and community of Hassocks.


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

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

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


The current edition of the Mid Sussex Times is available to view at Hassocks Library and kept for one month. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is also kept at Hassocks Library.

Back issues of the Mid Sussex Times 1881-2016 (incomplete) are available on microfilm at Crawley Library.

Search the library catalogue for more details.

Back issues for 2017 plus the years 1914-1925 and 1939-1945 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.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Hassocks and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Mid Sussex Times 1881-1945 (incomplete). You can access the BNA for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library. 

You can read digital back copies of Hassocks and Keymer Talkabout magazine incorporating the Ditchling Dialogue and Village Voice on the Village Magazines website.

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


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

Historic maps of Hassocks 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

Hassocks-Vision of Britain

Key data and statistics about the village.

Keymer - Vision of Britain

Key data and statistics about the village.

Clayton - Vision of Britain

Key data and statistics about the village.

Sussex Record Society – Hassocks

Bibliography of books and articles relating to the history and development of Hassocks from the earliest times to the present.

Sussex Record Society – Keymer

Bibliography of books and articles relating to the history and development of Keymer from the earliest times to the present.

Sussex Record Society – Clayton

Bibliography of books and articles relating to the history and development of Clayton from the earliest times to the present.

Victoria County History

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.

Victoria County History – Keymar

Victoria County History – Clayton

Adastra Hall

History of local community centre

Hassocks Football Club

History of local football club.

Adastra Bowling Club

History of local bowls club

Clayton Tunnel North Portal Tunnel Cottage

British Briggsy - History Hotspots: Clayton Tunnel | English History!

Parish of Clayton-with-Keymer – Historic churches

Fulking Local History

Local history information from a community website.

Places of Interest

Art in Ditchling

The Art in Ditchling Trail showcases a range of high quality art, design and craft in houses, studios and workshops.

Ditchling Museum

South Downs Heritage Centre

Museum of rural industries

Oldlands Mill

A beautifully restored, award winning, working post mill.

Local Walks

Hassocks Parish Council Walks

The Bald Explorer : A detailed look at Oldland Mill near Hassocks

The Bald Explorer: Tour of the Wonderful Jill Windmill

Local Information

Hassocks Parish Council

Mid Sussex District Council

Newtimber Parish

Hassocks Community Organisation

Visit Ditchling

Local Organisations

Ditchling History Project

Ditchling Village Association

Ditchling Fair

HKD Transition

Hassocks, Hurst, Keymer, Ditchling Transition

Local residents concerned about climate change. Working together to lower carbon emissions.

Jack and Jill Windmills Society

The Society has fully restored and now maintains Jill Windmill - a 19th century corn windmill located at Clayton, in the South Downs National Park.

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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