Portal:West Sussex

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West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. The county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972. Also at this time the Mid Sussex region (including Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead) was transferred from East Sussex.

West Sussex is a diverse county; it is well known for its gastronomy, stately homes and castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering popular walking and cycling ground for visitors and residents alike [1].

Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or are situated in the M23 corridor. Crawley and Worthing are the largest settlements in the county, with populations of approximately 100 000 inhabitants each. Next in size order comes Horsham, a market town, followed by the coastal towns of Bognor Regis and Shoreham-by-Sea. Chichester, the county town, boasts a cathedral and city status, and is situated not far from the border with Hampshire. Other towns in alphabetical order are Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath in the Mid Sussex district, and Littlehampton in the Arun district. The smaller towns of the county include Midhurst, Petworth, Pulborough and Steyning.

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Steyning Old Town

Steyning is a small town and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. It is located at the north end of the River Adur gap in the South Downs, four miles (6.4km) north of Shoreham-by-Sea. The smaller villages of Bramber and Upper Beeding constitute, with Steyning, a built-up area at this crossing-point of the river.

Steyning has existed since Anglo-Saxon times. Legend has it that St. Cuthman built a church (later dedicated to him, where he stopped after carrying his mother in a wheelbarrow. Several of the signs that can be seen on entering Steyning bear an image of his feat. King Alfred the Great's father, Ethelwulf of Wessex, was originally buried in that church, before being transferred to Winchester - a Saxon grave slab (possibly his) remains in the church porch.



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Lancing College is a co-educational English Independent school, founded in 1848 by Rev. Nathaniel Woodard.


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Current news may be found on the BBC web pages for Sussex.

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Honeysuckle Weeks (b. 1 August 1979) is an English television and film actress.

Weeks was born in Cardiff, Wales and grew up in Chichester, West Sussex. Her parents named her after honeysuckle flowers because they were in bloom when she was born. She was educated at Roedean School and Pembroke College, Oxford, where she read English (graduating with upper-second class honours). She has a younger brother and sister, Rollo and Perdita, both of whom have also developed successful acting careers.


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