In June 2014 the village of Southwick is joining in partnership with Southwick Park to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day by offering an exciting and unique opportunity for visitors from all over the world to breathe in the atmosphere of those historic days at the nerve-centre of Operation Overlord.
A most unwarlike, sleepy little Hampshire village… if you discount:
The passage of the Roman and Norman invaders
The Roman road and Saxon forts
One of the wealthiest priories in the south of England
The ancestral homes of the dynastic family of Southwick landowners
The Operations Centre for the start of the 100 Years War
Hampshire involvement in the Civil War
D-Day and the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany
The war games centre for the Falklands campaign;
Royal visits including King John, Henry III, Edward III, Henry IV, Henry VIII, Charles I, George I, George VI and Elizabeth II
and the unique donative church of St James ‘without the Priory Gates’.