The Society

We  meet at Westham Village Hall, Peelings Lane BN24 5HE,  at 7.30 pm on the first Monday of every month, with the exception of January and August. Our guest speakers cover a wide range of ancient, modern and social historical content.The programme is listed on the Events tab.

Visitors and new members are made very welcome, £1 entry fee on the door. The evening normally ends with conversation, tea, coffee and biscuits. However at the conclusion of our December meeting we will be enjoying our Christmas social with wine and festive food.

The Society Library has a wealth of material donated over the past 27 years, covering local history, including the villages. Selected items are displayed at each meeting for members to peruse. A friendly and informative evening awaits you.

Pevensey and Westham Historical Society was formed in 1988 and,in addition to its monthly talks, has organized visits to places of historical interest and has published newsletters and booklets.


Wanted - Copies of Colin Huggett's Under the Eagle

 A visitor from Australia wishes to buy 2 copies of this book. If you can locate these, please send let us know and we'll forward yur email.

Body on the Beach - 1932

We have had an enquiry about a mystery body which was found on the beach at Langney in September 1932. Any information will be welcome.

Pictures of the Coastal Defences.

We've been approached by Robert, who is researching the military history of the area , and is looking for a suitable photo-archive for details of the coast's defences from Napoleon to WW2. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.

James Gell of Peeling

We've received an enquiry from Freya, a researcher in New Zealand. She is the descendant of James Gell of Peelings (176? - 1804) and would like to hear from anyone who knows the family history. If you can help, please contact us.

Bobby Copper (WW2)

The archivist of the Seaforth HIghlanders of Canada Museum (Vancouver, Canada) has been in touch. While the Seaforths were training in Pevensey in WW2, they were often accompanied by a 4 or 5-year old called Bobby Copper, who used to march alongside the troops with his toy drum. Any information welcome.

Women in Pevensey 1850-1950

We have had a request for information about the history of women in Pevensey. Tina Brown is writing a book on the lives of women in the Eastbourne area 1850-1950, and would like to include Pevensey in the publication. She is seeking people with strong local connections who have heard about women in their family and the occupations, pastimes and businesses that they may have had in this interesting period. If you have any informtion that might help Tina please contact her at


  • PVP Workshops

    Pevensey Village Partnership is holding a set of workshops this spring. The subjects include "Revelaing Pevensey's Secret History" and "The History of the  Lost Medieval Seaport". Click the heading for moere details.

  • New Acquisition

    Recently the Society has been given a large number of items from the collection of David Brook. We are sorting these now, and will be publishing the details shortly.

    The society library has been given a two books which have been discovered in a local house. One of these holds the carbon copies of many letters written by W Forbes-Leslie in 1912-1913. They concern a financial syndicate aiming to profit from the new Republican government in Portugal.Dr Forbes-Leslie was responsible for several over-optimistic business ventures and - at the age of 70 - was finally found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey. He sometimes lived in Bexhill, but we do not know why this volume has turned up in Pevensey.

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