Thanks to all who purchased our book, all copies have now been sold, but it is available on loan from local libraries


“SOUTHWATER - A TO Z” A Miscellany

Drawing on a wide range of archive material and the personal contributions of many local people, this book has been compiled to provide an insight into how our community has developed from a hamlet of scattered mediaeval farmsteads into the thriving community we see today.

This is definitely a book you can “dip into” - not only to discover all sorts of interesting facts about the history of the village but also to read about the daily lives of some of its colourful characters in bygone eras.

Connections too with national events make fascinating reading; for example, the report of a very lively but good humoured debate held in the School in January 1909 on the question of Women’s Suffrage, but perhaps the most surprising is the theory, popular at about the same time, that Jack the Ripper once lived in Shipley Road !

Southwater History Group would like to acknowledge the support this project has received from:-

* Horsham District Council (Grant Assistance)

* West Sussex County Council – North Horsham Local Committee

* The Co-operative Community Fund

* Gatwick Airport Community Trust

The compilers, Catherine Andrews and Patsy Laker



The cover artist Hazel Barnard



Some of SLHG members who contibuted to the book



Some of SLHG members