Washington, West Sussex
St Mary's Church
Washington shown within West Sussex
|Area||12.76 km2 (4.93 sq mi) |
|Population||1,930  2001 Census|
|- Density||151 /km2 (390 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||43 miles (69 km) NNE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Arundel and South Downs|
Washington is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. It is located five miles (8 km) west of Steyning and three miles (4.8 km) east of Storrington on the A24 between Horsham and Worthing. The parish covers an area of 1,276 hectares (3,200 acres). In the 2001 census 1,930 people lived in 703 households, of whom 820 were economically active.
The village lies at the foot of the South Downs escarpment. The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Mary. There is one pub, the Frankland Arms, a primary school and a village hall with an adjoining sports field. The hamlet named Rock lies to the north of the A283 road.
Chanctonbury Ring, a hill fort based ring of trees atop Chanctonbury Hill on the South Downs, lies on the border of the parish and the neighbouring parish of Wiston. Chanctonbury Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an uncommon woodland type on a chalk escarpment, providing habitat for many species including the protected Great Crested Newt.
- John Ireland lived in a converted windmill in Washington for the final years of his life.
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