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Our town

Selsey - known for its fishing, lifeboats and sense of community - find out about our town.

Welcome to the historical town of Selsey on the southern-most tip of West Sussex. Cited as the capital of the Kingdom of Sussex circa 680, mentioned in the Domesday Book and a base for Sir Francis Drake's men who tried to lure the Spanish Armada on to Owers Rocks just off our coast.

Historically Selsey is a fishing community and holiday destination; we've hosted many famous faces over the years and our town is cited in films and songs alike!

Our isolation counted for little during the last war - in fact it probably was of crucial importance to the War effort. Canadian troops were billeted here prior to Dieppe and Mulberry Harbours were massed here prior to the Normandy landings. Selsey even possessed an advanced aerodrome to support those landings. Nevertheless, we did not escape the odd bomb or the occasional aircraft that fell from the sky.

Since those days, as the result of a massive building programme the small fishing village has expanded into a small town but, thankfully, has retained much of the character that attracts so many to our environs.