Tangmere Village History Project

Welcome to the Tangmere History website.

In 2015 Tangmere Local History Group were lucky enough to obtain a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund in order to create this website.

The village of Tangmere, in West Sussex, has a long history. It has a 12th Century church and several listed houses in its conservation area. The village is well known outside the local area due to its association with the RAF who had an airfield in the village from the 1920s to 1970s,which was of immense importance particularly during the second world war. The influence of the airfield is still felt in the village in the naming of many roads and the presence of the popular Military Aviation Museum amongst other things.

Tangmere Local History Group was formed in 2000 and now arranges talks and visits for local residents on subjects of interest about the surrounding area.

The group has a small archive of photographs, maps and documents relating to the village which deserves to be more widely shared. Other local people also have interesting memories and memorabilia to share and we hope to capture many of these on this website. Tangmere is due to expand rapidly over the next few years so we hope to save these memories before the village expands so that residents present and future and others with an interest in the village can enjoy them.

If you have any documents or memories which you would like to see included on this website please contact us.

The Village Pub

In the early part of the twentieth century the only pub was away from the centre of the village. The Tangmere Hotel was in Tangmere Row on the far side of what became the airfield – closer to Oving than the centre of Tangmere. The hotel was demolished during the Second World War as the RAF needed to extend the runway.

For many years there was no pub in Tangmere until The Bader Arms opened in 1982. It never really became the hub of the village which many pubs become for their community but several owners tried to make a success of it until it closed in 2012 and became the Co op. the shop has retained some memorabilia from the pub which in turn commemorated Sir Douglas Bader the famous pilot who carried on flying despite losing both legs in a flying accident.

Bader Arms
The Bader Arms, Tangmere, before conversion to a Co-Op.