East Preston, West Sussex

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East Preston
Fishing Boats and a cloud - East Preston beach - geograph.org.uk - 1241783.jpg
View of East Preston beach
East Preston is located in West Sussex
East Preston
East Preston
East Preston shown within West Sussex
Area2.00 km2 (0.77 sq mi) [1]
Population5,938 (Civil Parish.2011)[2]
• Density2,969/km2 (7,690/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ070023
• London50 miles (80 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • East Preston
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLITTLEHAMPTON
Postcode districtBN16
Dialling code01903
PoliceSussex
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
West Sussex
50°48′37″N 0°28′55″W / 50.81041°N 0.48189°W / 50.81041; -0.48189Coordinates: 50°48′37″N 0°28′55″W / 50.81041°N 0.48189°W / 50.81041; -0.48189

East Preston is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It lies roughly halfway 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, Angmering on sea,[3] 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 buildup 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 is buried, together with his wife, at the parish church of St Mary the Virgin having lived in nearby Angmering for many years.[4] Another county dignitary resident in the parish was Charles Boughton-Leigh[5] (1944-2012).

East Preston Festival[edit]

East Preston Festival started in 1981 and runs each year for ten days at the end of May / beginning of June. In 2017, the Festival won the prestigious A Celebration of Sussex Life, Festival of the Year Award.

Sport and leisure[edit]

East Preston has a Non-League football club East Preston F.C. which plays at the Roundstone Recreation Ground.[6]

Notable people[edit]

  • Mitchell Symons, journalist and bestselling author.
  • Des Lynam, British television and radio presenter.
  • Vivian Van Damm manager and owner of the Windmill Theatre.
  • Mary Cecil Hay author.
  • Israel Zangwill (1864-1926); writer and advocate of Jewish causes.[7]
  • Edith Ayrton Zangwill (d. 1945); author.[8]
  • Dr Ernest Vaughn Aylen, step-father of Hollywood actor Peter Lawford, who at birth was named Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen.[9] Peter Lawford became the brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy when he married Patricia Helen Kennedy in 1954.[10]
  • Sir Maurice Craig (1866-1935), a British psychiatrist and pioneer in the treatment of mental illness. He was governor of the Royal Hospitals of Bethlem and Bridewell, president of the section of psychiatry at the Royal Society of Medicine and vice-president of the International Committee for Mental Hygiene.[11] Craig was one of the psychiatrists that Virginia Woolf consulted when she suffered her breakdowns.[12][13]

See also[edit]

Worthing Rural District

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  2. ^ Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  3. ^ https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.8190455,-0.4863427,14z
  4. ^ www.findagrave.com
  5. ^ C.B.T. Boughton-Leigh Esq MBE obituary
  6. ^ www.eastprestonfc.com Archived 2013-06-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Zangwill, Israel & Edith". UCL Archive. UCL Library Services. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Zangwill, Israel & Edith". UCL Archive. UCL Library Services. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Dr Ernest Vaughn Aylen". Find a Grave. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Kennedy clan a US dynasty". The Courier-News. 26 Apr 1984. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  11. ^ Sir Maurice Craig; The Times (London, England), Monday, Jan 07, 1935; pg. 19; Issue 46955. Category: Obituaries
  12. ^ Bennett, Maxwell: Virginia Woolf and Neuropsychiatry (Springer Press 2013) ISBN 9400757476 p.9
  13. ^ "Sir Maurice Craig". FindaGrave. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

External links[edit]

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