The adjoining villages of Yapton and Ford sit between the South Downs and the sea in the economically important West Sussex Coastal Plain.  

Ford dates from the 12th century and Yapton from the 11th century although there is evidence of even earlier settlement.  

Rich in social and architectural history the parishes boast two large Conservation Areas and 17 Listed Buildings as well as many others of  "Special Interest".


Yapton & Ford Local History Group exists to research and promote the architectural and social history of the parishes of Yapton and Ford.

We research, collect, catalogue and make available, information relating to the history of the parishes and since our founding in 1992, we have amassed an extensive library of information.   We also have a monthly social event where guest speakers are invited to talk about an aspect of local history.

Most of our events are also open to the public, as is the information we collect about our villages' history.


Archeological Dig in Burndell Road

There will be a special talk on Monday Sept 7th by Dr. Phil Harding   (yes the one from the Time Team TV programme!).

We are excited to welcome Dr. Harding who will talk about the recent excavation in Yapton by the Wessex Archeological Society, and also about his life/career.

This will be free for members.



Family and local history workshops

Interested in tracing your ancestors, researching the history of your house or learning how to read old handwriting?

The County Record Office in Chichester are running a series short workshops for family and local historians:

8 January - How to start your family tree
5 February - ‘Granny was a pauper’: exploring poor law records
4 March - Getting started with Ancestry
1 April - Reading old handwriting
6 May - Researching the history of your house 3 June - Newspapers for family and local history
1 July - Tracing your army ancestors

2 September - Getting started with Ancestry

7 October - Researching the history of your house

4 November - Reading old handwriting

These workshops, delivered by record office and library staff, will be held at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester 10.00am – 12.00pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and must be booked in advance on 01243 753602. Please email the Record Office at for more information.

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