Selsey has had strong links with arts and performance personalities. Visits to holiday homes proved popular as well-known artistes could spend a relaxing time away from the limelight. R. C. Sherriff (playwright and screenplay writer), Jerome K. Jerome (author), Bransby Williams (music hall performer), Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen (Crazy gang) were among those who spent significant periods of time in Selsey.
Eric Coates (composer) lived in Selsey from the 1930s. Sir Patrick Moore (astronomer) made Selsey his home and became the regular presenter of “The Sky At Night” on BBC TV. Sir Archibald Hamilton was in charge of the local recruitment drive in World War I. He was later closely associated with Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts movement. Edward Heron-Allen (scholar, polymath and scientist) lived at Large Acres and produced “Selseyana” a collection of memorabilia numbering seven volumes.