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.

You are very welcome to join our   Facebook group at "Yapton & Ford Local History" for the latest information on our events, and updates on our ongoing research.


Archeological Dig in Burndell Road

There will be a special talk on Monday October 3rd 2022 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.

Monday 3 October 2022, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

This will be free for members.

(This event was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19 regulations.)



Heritage Exhibition: A Pilgrimage Through Time

St. Nicholas Church Arundel

The exhibition will be held in a marquee on the new Parish Garden at St. Nicholas' Church, Arundel, in conjunction with the Cathedral's Corpus Christi Carpet of Flowers. The Exhibition will set out the history of Arundel from medieval times and will cover St. Nicholas' Church, the Fitzalan Chapel, the Cathedral, the Castle, and the town. It will feature fascinating results of the extensive new research which has taken place over recent years.

The Exhibition will run from Saturday 11th June to Sunday 19th June from 10am-5pm. Entrance will be free and it is hoped that the combined attractions of the Exhibition and the Carpet of Flowers will bring many visitors to Arundel.

Guided tours for groups can be arranged by contacting events@stnicholas-arundel.co.uk and further information also supplied.


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