Explore the history and community of Shoreham.


Many thousands of images of Shoreham can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

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

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


The Shoreham Herald has now merged with the Worthing Herald and is available to view at Shoreham and Southwick libraries. Paper copies are kept for one year at Shoreham and one month at Southwick. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings about local topics is kept at Shoreham Library.

Back issues of the Shoreham Herald 1938-2016 are available on microfilm at Worthing Library. The newspaper was known as the Adur Herald 1977-1981. Back issues of the Shoreham Herald 2017, 2018 and 2019 are available to view on the public computers in all 36 West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

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

The Keep holds microfilm copies of the Argus from its start in 1880 up to 30 June 2012. Microfilms of 1985 to 2005 (incomplete) are available on request at Worthing Library.

Further coverage of Shoreham can be found on the Shoreham Herald website and Inside Shoreham magazine.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Shoreham and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of West Sussex newspapers such as the Worthing Gazette 1889-1960, the Worthing Herald 1921-1958 and the West Sussex Gazette. 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 Shoreham can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Shoreham 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

Shoreham by

History Portal housing an extensive collection of research articles and photographs relating to the history of Shoreham-by-Sea.

Includes Shorehams Radar Station: the Story of RAF Truleigh Hill by Roy Taylor

Victoria County History - Shoreham

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.

Further information can also be found here and also about Kingston by Sea/Kingston Buci

Downs Link Cycle Routes

Shoreham Army Camp

Shoreham by Sea War Memorial

Francis Frith old photographs

Blue Plaques in Shoreham

Brighton City Airport Heritage Assessment (Shoreham Airport)

History, description and images of Shoreham churches:

Good Shepherd, Shoreham Beach

St Nicholas, Old Shoreham

St Mary de Haura, New Shoreham

St Giles

St Julian, Kingston Buci

Genuki genealogy information and links

Old Shoreham

New Shoreham

Kingston Buci


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. Records for Shorham include:

Old Shoreham

New Shoreham

Kingston Buci

British Marine Life Study Society

Based in Shoreham, with some local as well as national information.

Places of Interest

Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre (Brighton City Airport)

Marlipins Museum

Shoreham Fort

St Mary de Haura Church

Shoreham Lighthouse (Kingston Buci)

Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station

Local Walks

South Downs Walks - Shoreham by Sea

River Adur - Coastal Link and Sculpture Trail

Local Information

Adur and Worthing Council

Shoreham Centre

Run by the charity 'Shoreham Community Trust'. Home to: Adur District Council Customer Service Team (including the Electoral Roll), Citizens Advice, 4Sight, Skyway Gallery, Wednesday Market & the Pond Cafe.

Local Organisations

Ropetackle Centre

Shoreham Beach Forum

Shoreham Beach Residents Association

Shoreham Centre

Shoreham Port

Shoreham Society

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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