The Westbourne Local History Group was formed in 1978 by a few like-minded individuals with an interest in the lives and times of the village of Westbourne and a determination to record and publish its history.
The Group has published 17 books of which 12 are currently available and are listed below. Generally each book represents the research of an individual member, and so far ten authors have seen their efforts in print. Some of the subjects initially suggested are still to be investigated, so there is ample opportunity for any budding historian, and new members are welcome. The Group meets bimonthly to discuss progress and share information in informal surroundings.
The publications which are no longer available are the first five, but two of these have been updated and reprinted. The other three are:- “The Poor of the Parish and the work of the Select Vestries, 1819-1835”; “Westbourne Then and Now” and “The Westbourne Union, Life in and out of the New Workhouse”. Copies of these may be found in some local libraries and the West Sussex Records Office has a full set.
Current Publications – click on number for details
No.6 – Westbourne Church Guide, by Lindsey Fleming (reprint) £3.50
No.7– Cleaning up Westbourne, by David Hogg £3.50
No.8– Westbourne Worthies, by David Hogg £3.50
No.9– The Bastards of Westbourne, by Peter Ellacott £3.50
No.10– Westbourne’s War 1939-1945, by Tom Edwards £3.50
No.11– A Millennium in Tandem , Westbourne and Stansted, by David Hogg £3.50
No.12– Sindles Farm, a story of a Farm and its Farmers, by John Veltom £5.00
No.13– Westbourne Memorials, Church & Churchyard, by Jill Storer with Keith Linder £4.00
No.14– Cottage Economy. by Augusta Ann Pitney, edited by Denise Thain £3.50
No.15– The Village Schools 1819-2011, by Nigel Peake (updated and revised) £3.50
No.16– Westbourne and the Great War, by Nigel Peake £6.00
No.17– Tradespeople of Westbourne 1845-1838, by Peter Ellacott. Updated 2015. £4.50
The very latest:-
CD.1– Bourne in the Past – a 2017 reproduction of Rev. J. H. Mee’s book. £5.00
All available from
The Village Stores, Monks Hill, Westbourne.
When times return to something like normal we hope to be able to restore our mail order service.
Visitors from afar
Readers may be interested to know that there has been interest in the Group and its publications from far-flung corners of the Globe.
Requests for information and for copies of our publications have come from South Africa, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium to name a few. Added to these are the many enquiries from within the U.K. reaching from Cornwall to Edinburgh, Kent and East Anglia.
We are proud to be able to help our contacts (as best we can) in their search for lost relations.
Visitors to the village have been given walkabout tours when our legs permit. The visitor that everyone of the time remembers was an Australian family history enthusiast. He was so enthusiastic that the visit ended with a working meal (strangely at the Barley Mow – Walderton) with a number of the Group members of the time.
Of the history of family names sought some are of long association with the village for example: Covington, Goddard, Goble, Guyatt, Barwell, and many more
The Internet, more than ever before, ensures that Westbourne Past is known across the globe.
The Group would welcome donations of old photographs and documents, or the opportunity to view same. If you have material that you would like to find a safe and worthwhile home for, for posterity, Peter Wilkinson will advise on whether the West Sussex Records Office might help. Peter was a senior officer at the Office prior to retirement and continues an involvement.
“The Westbourne Story”
This excellent publication is not the work of the Group. It is a very professional full colour guide to the village including much history.
The Group would recommend purchasing it as a good all round introduction to the Village. Copies are currently available only from Collins Garage in East Street, Westbourne.