Littlehampton is steeped in history.  Its origins date back to Roman Times, when it was known as Hampton.  It wasn’t until the 14th Century that it became Little Hampton – this differentiated it from the larger Southampton. As with many seaside towns, it has seen its share of bloody times.  In 1136 the forces of Empress Matilda landed here to begin her war with King Stephen.  And Henry VIII used Littlehampton as a royal dockyard.