Littlehampton is steeped in history.A� Its origins date back to Roman Times, when it was known as Hampton.A� It wasna��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.A� In 1136 the forces of Empress Matilda landed here to begin her war with King Stephen.A� And Henry VIII used Littlehampton as a royal dockyard.