Explore the history and community of Southwater.


Images of Southwater and Horsham can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

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

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


The current edition of the West Sussex County Times (Horsham edition) is available to view at Southwater, Horsham, Billingshurst, Henfield, Pulborough, 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 Southwater 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.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Southwater and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the West Sussex County Times 1874-1958 (incomplete). 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 Southwater 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 Southwater are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database 

A large collection of maps from the late 16th century to the present day is held at West Sussex Record Office. Tithe maps on CD ROM are also available to view in libraries - please see the library catalogue


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

Whistlestop Arts 

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

Places of Interest

Southwater Country Park

Local Walks

Horsham Heritage Trail  - Includes Southwater.

Horsham District Council Walks

Local Information

Southwater Parish Council

Local Organisations

Horsham Parkrun

Takes place at Southwater Country Park

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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