Beeding and Bramber Local History Society

View of the Old Vicarage in Upper BeedingDo you need help researching your family tree or the history of your house? Are you interested in how people lived in the area? Or are you interested in the landscape and how previous generations have influenced it?

The Beeding and Bramber Local History Society was formed in 1981 for people who have an interest in the past of the two villages, as well as Botolphs, Small Dole and Edburton. From small beginnings, the society now has over 80 members and meets from September to April on the first Wednesday in the month in Beeding and Bramber Village Hall. Talks cover a wide range of subjects relating to the history and natural history of the local area and Sussex in general. Visitors are welcome to these talks for a £2.00 entrance fee.


All meetings at 7.45pm in Beeding & Bramber Village Hall,

Wed. 4 Jan    Steyning Scandals, the Secrets of a Sussex Market Town    Janet Pennington

Wed. 1 Feb    Princess of Dreams – the Life and Times of Lydia Yavorska, Princess Bariatinsky    John and Jeanette Simpson       

Wed. 1 Mar    AGM and Discovering the Past at Steyning Museum    Chris Tod 

Wed. 5 Apr    The History of Shoreham Fort    Gary Baines

Wed. 3 May    Going off the Rails    Bill Gage      

Wed. 6 Sep    Coach Roads to Brighton    Geoffrey Hewlett

Wed. 4 Oct    Shepherds of the South Downs     Ian Everest

Wed. 1 Nov    Sussex Industrial History    Geoffrey Mead

Thurs. 7 Dec    Christmas Social for members only

During the summer months excursions are arranged for members to places of local interest.

Members of the Society have produced the following which are available from the secretary, or from Beeding News, Steyning bookshop or Steyning Museum:

  • ‘The People of Beeding & Bramber in the Great War’, price £12.00 (£3.00 p&p)
  • ‘Bramber, Glimpses of a Village’, price £3.00
  • ‘Beeding, History of a Village’, price £7.50
  • ‘Beeding and Bramber, Two Sussex Villages, a Study of the Probate Inventories, Wills and Accounts from 1613 to 1755’, price £4.00.

All with an additional £1.50 for postage and packing if required. An illustrated parish map that was produced to mark the millennium can be seen hanging in Beeding and Bramber Village Hall. Copies are available from the secretary, price £1.00, plus £1.00 postage and packing.

The society has a large archive of material relating to the local area including photographs, maps, documents, memorial inscriptions and censuses. This material is stored privately and may be viewed by appointment by contacting the secretary       at

Joining the Beeding and Bramber Local History Society

If you are interested in joining please complete the membership form and return it to:

Liz Johnson, 12 Towers Road, Upper Beeding, BN44 3JL

Annual subscriptions are £8 per annum individual membership, or £15 for dual membership. Cheques should be made payable to: Beeding and Bramber Local History Society.

Supporting document

BBLHS membership form 2017

Other related links: Steyning Museum