Explore the history and community of Lancing.


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

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

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


The Lancing Herald has now merged with the Worthing Herald and is available to view at Lancing Library. Please see our Local Studies Guide to Worthing for more information. 

Back issues of the Lancing Herald are available on microfilm at Worthing Library for 1991-2016. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at Lancing Library.

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

Further coverage of Lancing is available on the Lancing Herald Facebook page and the Worthing Herald and Shoreham Herald websites.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Lancing 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 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 Lancing can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

A variety of maps, from historic to tourist and car parking, are available on the Adur & Worthing Council website

Historic maps of Lancing 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: Lancing and Sompting

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.

Lancing and Sompting on the Web

Includes photographs and memories of Lancing and Sompting.

Lancing Village Memories

Collection of messages from former residents of Lancing recalling their memories of life and times in the village.

Lancing War Memorial

Old photos of Lancing

The Bell at Lancing

Community heritage project in Lancing to look at social care during the twentieth century, focussing on The Bell in Lancing, which was a purpose‐built care home in South Street which originally opened in 1928.

St Michael’s Church, Lancing

St James’ Church, Lancing

St Mary’s Church, Sompting

History of the Post Mill (no longer in existence)

Sompting Parish Neighbourhood Plan

History of Sompting Village Hall 

History and Information about the Sompting Estate

Genuki genealogy information about Lancing  

Genuki genealogy information about Sompting 

Family Search Genealogical Resources for Lancing

Family Search Genealogical Resources for Sompting 

Places of Interest

Lancing College Chapel

Lancing Ring

Widewater Lagoon

Lancing Beach Green

Lancing Manor Park

Local Walks

Lancing Ring Circular Walk

Bald Explorer - Walk Through Old Sompting to St Mary's

Local Information

Lancing Parish Council

Sompting Parish Council

Sompting Big Local

Providing support and advice

Adur and Worthing Council

BBC News Lancing

Local Organisations

Lancing and Sompting Pastfinders

Interested in all aspects of local history including archaeology, genealogy, pictorial past, sociology and folklore. Produce booklets and organise talks, guided walks and visits.

Lancing History Facebook Group

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

Lancing Beach Green Parkrun

Friends of Lancing Ring

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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