The chief non-agricultural occupation at Upper Beeding in the middle Ages was the extraction of salt from the tidal estuary of the river Adur. Other trades possibly indicated by surnames in the 13th and early 14th centuries were those of smith, tailor, and baker.

-In 1730 the river was said to produce mullet, pike, plaice, eels, and other fish. In the 17th century and presumably at other dates poor parishioners fished illegally there, The River also later provided the means for smuggling.
-Chalk pit site existed in 1732, and in 1814 was said to have a considerable trade in lime, Water transport was then used, presumably to take the lime up river for use on the land.
-By 1882 the Beeding Cement Co. had been established
-In 1895 the firm of H. R. Lewis and Co. which then owned the cement works was also described as lime burners and coal merchants.

Two famous shepherds, Michael Blann and George Bailey, came from Upper Beeding. Michael Blann was born there in 1843. Michael was well-known among other shepherds for his singing and music-making; He kept a song-book of his favourite songs - which is now in Worthing museum with his tin whistle.