Explore the history and community of Horsham.


Around 1500 images of Horsham can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

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

For more recent images of Horsham, the Horsham Photography Blog aims to be a photographic record of everyday Horsham.

For more information or enquiries, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form.


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

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.

Search the library catalogue for more details.

Back issues of the West Sussex County Times 2017 and 1914-1926 and 1939-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

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

Further coverage of Horsham can be found on the All About Horsham Magazine website

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Horsham and West Sussex from 1785-2019 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the West Sussex County Times 1874-1893 and 1901-1958. 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 Horsham 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 Horsham 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 

Official Guide to the Horsham District (Including Maps)

Local and Neighbourhood Plan Consultations

Slinfold History

Slaugham, Handcross, Pease Pottage, Warninglid and Staplefield Archives

Whistlestop Arts 

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

Places of Interest 

Christ's Hospital School

Information about the history of the school. 

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

Knepp Castle Estate

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

Sedgwick Park House

Shipley Windmill

Woods Mill Nature Reserve

Headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. 

Local Walks

Horsham District Heritage Trails

Horsham District Council Walking Routes

Horsham Riverside Walk

Knepp Estate Walks

Local Infomation

Horsham District Council

Horsham District Visitor Information

Think Horsham District

Business Advice

Rudgwick Parish Council

Slinfold Parish Council

Local Organisations

Horsham District Archaeology Group

A voluntary archaeological group for the Horsham District.

The Horsham Society

Horsham Natural History Society

Rudgwick Preservation Society

Shipley History Group

Warnham Society

Website includes publications about and photographs of Warnham.

Horsham Parkrun

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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