Explore the history and community of the Witterings.


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

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


The current edition of the Chichester Observer is available to view at the Witterings Library and kept for one month. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at the Witterings Library.

Back issues of the Chichester Observer 1961-2016 (incomplete) are available on microfilm at Chichester Library.

Search the library catalogue for more details.

Back issues of the Chichester Observer 2017 and 1914-1925 and 1939-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

Further coverage of the Witterings can be found on the Chichester Observer and Chichester Post websites.

The West Sussex Gazette is available to library members from home via Press Reader.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in the Witterings and West Sussex from 1785-2019 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Chichester Express and West Sussex Journal 1863-1874 and the Chichester Observer 1887-1949 (incomplete). 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 the Witterings can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of the Witterings 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

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.

Victoria County History - East Wittering

Victoria County History - West Wittering

Victoria County History – Birdham

Victoria County History – West Itchenor

Francis Frith’s collection of old photographs of

East Wittering

West Wittering

West Itchenor


West Itchenor Historic Image Gallery

Chichester Harbour Churches - West Wittering History

St Peter and St Paul, West Wittering

St James’ Church, Birdham

St Nicholas’ Church West Itchenor

St Anne Church, East Wittering

The Assumption Church, East Wittering

Genuki genealogical resources and links

Free virtual reference library of genealogical information for the UK and Ireland.

West Wittering

East Wittering


West Itchenor

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. Records for the Witterings include:

East Wittering

West Wittering

West Itchenor


Places of Interest

West Wittering Beach

Itchenor Park

Local Walks

West Wittering Beach and East Head

Walking in Chichester Harbour

Local Information

West Wittering Parish Council

East Wittering Parish Council

Birdham Parish Council

West Itchenor Parish Council

Local Organisations

The Itchenor Society: Resident’s association

Birdham Resident’s Association

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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