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 at barbara@tangmere-history.org.uk.

If you wish to find out more about RAF Tangmere, please visit the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum web site.


Tangmere Local History Group would like to thank the following for their assistance in setting up this website:

Our Committee:

Alison Coote Chairman
Richard Roberts Treasurer
Ros Priestley Secretary
Paul Neary
Barbara Maw Website Coordinator
Jerry Maw Webmaster
Jan Spencer Ellis
Anna Hutchings

Traverss and Rosemary Johnson for the loan of Chronicles of Tangmere

Dr Caroline Adams for advice and support, and help with articles

Gillian Edom for training in oral history taking

Graham Wilkinson for support in sound editing

Graham Claydon for work on the Parish Records

Other members of TLHG for help at open days and in taking oral histories

Oral history participants – Phyl Norrell, Briar Price, Julia Janiec, Rosemary and Nick Moon, John and Judy Simnett, Marjorie Thompson

Hilary Barclay for the design for the Village sign and our Website logo

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum for their collaboration and support

All who have loaned us documents for scanning

Tangmere Parish Council for supporting and encouraging the project

The Heritage Lottery Fund for financial support