Explore the history and community of Littlehampton.


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

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

Further images of Littlehampton 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, where they are kept for one year. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at Littlehampton Library.

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 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 Littlehampton can be found on the Littlehampton Gazette website and All About Littlehampton Magazine.

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

Historic maps of Littlehampton 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

Littlehampton’s History Education Pack

Littlehampton Museum Town Trail

Roll of Honour: John Eede Butt & Sons War Memorial, Littlehampton

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:



History and description of St James Church

History and description of St Mary’s Church

History and description of All Saints Church

History and description with images of St Andrew’s Church, Ford

History and description with images of St Mary’s Church, Climping

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

Places of Interest

Littlehampton Museum

Littlehampton Harbour

Littlehampton Fort

Littlehampton Lifeboat Station  

Long Bench Project

Local Walks

Littlehampton Museum Town Trail

Littlehampton and Climping

Local Information

Littlehampton Town Council

Arun District Council

Climping Parish Council

Ford Parish Council

Arun District Council

BBC News Littlehampton

Local Organisations

Littlehampton Bonfire Society

Littlehampton Prom Parkrun

Littlehampton Local History Society

Flashback Littlehampton 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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