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


Thurs. 7 Dec    Christmas Social for members only


Wed. 3 Jan. The Archaeology of Death and Remembrance by Simon Stevens

Wed. 7 Feb. Lords of Bramber, Part 1 by John and Jeannette Simpson

Wed. 7 March AGM followed by Images of Brighton and Hove, Seafront and Piers by Cherry Gillingham

Wed. 4 April The Ramblings of a Railwayman by Geoff Burch

Wed. 2 May Graylingwell War Hospital by Katharine Slay

Wed. 5 Sept. Elizabethan Sussex by Helen Poole

Wed. 3 Oct. Subterranean Sussex by Stewart Angell

Wed. 7 Nov. Life in the Castles of Sussex by Mark Perry-Nash

Wed. 12 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