Explore the history and community of Rustington.


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

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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 Rustington Library.

Back issues of the Littlehampton Gazette are available on microfilm at Littlehampton Library for the years 1923-2016, (known as the Arun Gazette 1977-1990).

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

Further coverage of Rustington can be found on the Littlehampton Gazette website and All About Rustington Magazine.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Rustington and West Sussex from 1785-2019 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Littlehampton Gazette 1923-1939 and 1955-1956. 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 Rustington can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Rustington 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

Rustington Village history page

Rustington Neighbourhood Plan

Rustington Village Design Statement

Rustington Residents Guide

Francis Frith collection of old photographs of Rustington

Sussex Record Society - Bibliography of Rustington

History and description with images of St Peter & St Paul

Family Search genealogical resources and links

Genuki genealogy information and links

Places of Interest

Rustington Museum


Home of Hubert Parry, composer of Jerusalem. Blue plaque.

Old Orchard House

Rhoda and Agnes Garrett, pioneers of the Women’s Suffrage Movement lived here. Blue Plaque.

Local Walks

Littlehampton to Ferring via Rustington

Bald Explorer - Rustington Walk

Local Information

Rustington Parish Council

Arun District Council

Rustington Village

Local Organisations

Rustington Heritage Association

Rustington Past and Present 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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