East Preston, West Sussex
St Mary's Church
East Preston shown within West Sussex
|Area||2.00 km2 (0.77 sq mi) |
|Population||5,938 (Civil Parish)|
|- Density||2,969 /km2 (7,690 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||50 miles (80 km) NNE|
|Civil parish||East Preston|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Worthing West|
East Preston is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It lies roughly half way between Littlehampton and Worthing. It is primarily residential and a large proportion of retired people, as well as tradespeople and home carers.
East Preston comprises the following residential areas. From east to west these settlements are: Kingston Gorse, West Kingston, East Preston Village and The Willowhayne.
The original village school building nowadays houses an estate agent firm. It was built in 1840 and started as a Sunday School funded by George Olliver. He received a reward for reporting a farm labourer (Edmund Bushby) for igniting a hayrick for moving the hay about efficiently. The labourer burned the hayrick in protest against farm machinery replacing manual labour. Bushby was subsequently hanged. Over time the building was enlarged into the village school until it was given to Sussex County Council in 1940. There were four classrooms, one very large room, having a curtain divided it into two. There were two separate playgrounds. This building remained as the village school until 1951 when the new school in Lashmar Road was opened.
The Village Stores closed early 2014 due to the recession and the build up of bigger chains in the area. It had been doing trade in the village for more than 100 years.
The famous stage and film actor, Stanley Holloway OBE is buried, together with his wife, at the parish church of St Mary the Virgin having lived in nearby Angmering for many years. Another county dignitary resident in the parish was Charles Boughton-Leigh MBE (1944-2012).
Sport and leisure
- Mitchell Symons, journalist and bestselling author
- Des Lynam, British television and radio presenter.
- Vivian Van Damm manager and owner of the Windmill Theatre
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- C.B.T. Boughton-Leigh Esq MBE obituary
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