In Roman Times

Portus Adurni is situated on the lower reaches of the River Adur, and a highway is built between the Port and London passing through Portus Ladus (“the way to the Port”) now known as Portslade.

Circa 500 A.D

Saxons land at the mouth of the River Adur and name the local town.


Domesday Book includes reference to the township of “Soresham”.

In Norman Times

Trade expands rapidly for Port as major importer of wine and exporter of wool.


King John lands at Shoreham with a large army and trade expands further, by the beginning of the 13 th Century Shoreham has become a Royal Arsenal and an important station for the landing and embarking of troops.


Shipbuilding has become a major activity in the Port and Shoreham supplies 26 ships to Edward III for his fight with the French.


King Charles II makes his escape from England to Fecamp in the coal brig “Surprise”.


The Commissioners of Shoreham Harbour meet for the first time in an endeavour to make a new cut to the sea to beat the problem of shingle accumulation.


A second cut is made in the shingle embankment at the site of the present entrance.


The first Middle Pier is built at the north bank of the Port to regulate the tide.


A lock is built on the site of the present dry dock.


The locked canal is opened to shipping for the first time.


Gas Works constructed on the south bank of the canal.


Brighton Corporation construct an electricity generating station. Coal imports increase substantially.


Shoreham is chosen by the Admiralty for the construction of the so-called “Mystery Towers”.


The Prince George Lock is opened and the depth of the canal is deepened.


Shoreham is a departure point for troops participating in the D-Day landings in Normandy.


Shoreham selected as location for a further coal fired power station.


Major developments including a new entrance and the construction of East and West breakwaters are completed.


Prince Philip Lock is opened by His Royal Highness.

1960s and 70s

Trade flourishes with a wide range of imports and exports.


Brighton B power station closes precipitating a major downturn in the Port’s fortunes.


Final chimney of old power station demolished and acquisition of Sussex Port Forwarding completed.


New Power Station constructed


Shoreham Port rebrands


Duke of York formally opens Nautilus House


Shoreham Port Celebrates its 250th Anniversary at the heart of the community

2016 Annual Report Timeline

Work begins on converting lights around the Port to LED energy efficient bulbs

Port staff are reminded of the importance of safety in the workplace with a thought provoking talk from Proud 2b Safe

Port assists Southwick Cricket Club and Shoreham Academy with the purchase of new cricket nets for the community

Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn is elected as Chairman of the British Ports Association

Community gathers to welcome HMS Shoreham back to the Port

Port thanks customers at annual raceday at Fontwell Park

Hundreds enjoy unique behind-the-scenes boat tour of the Port

The new wind turbines become fully operational

Port staff help complete Mile Oak Primary science bus project

Port celebrates prestigious environmental award for investigating and responding to an odour and oil seepage in the sea at Portslade Beach

The Engineering team successfully replace the sluice valve at the south east corner of the Prince Phillip Lock

Shoreham Port shows it support to Brighton & Hove City Mission Food Bank as their chosen Christmas Charity for 2016

Shoreham Port Speed Limit