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
Location 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
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBN16
Dialling code01903
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
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.

East Preston comprises the following residential areas, from east to west: Kingston Gorse, West Kingston, Angmering-on-Sea,[3] East Preston Village and The Willowhayne.

Village school[edit]

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.


East Preston and Kingston Village Hall on Sea Road were converted from old barns left to the community by the Warren family of Preston Hall.[4]

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 Lashmar, Lashmar Road.[5]

Notable people[edit]

The 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.[6] Another county dignitary resident in the parish was Charles Boughton-Leigh[7] (1944–2012).

Other notable residents include:

  • 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.[8]
  • Richard Henry Walthew (1872–1951) composer, lived at 1 Clarence Drive towards the end of his life.
  • Israel Zangwill (1864–1926), writer and advocate of Jewish causes.[9]
  • Edith Ayrton Zangwill (died 1945), author.[9]
  • Dr Ernest Vaughn Aylen, step-father of Hollywood actor Peter Lawford, who at birth was named Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen.[10] Peter Lawford became the brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy when he married Patricia Helen Kennedy in 1954.[11]
  • 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.[12] Craig was one of the psychiatrists that Virginia Woolf consulted when she suffered her breakdowns.[13][14]
  • Brigadier Noel Hugh-Jones (1894–1952), decorated career British army officer who in 1942 was front line commander at Sittang Bridge, Burma (Myanmar). He received instructions to destroy the bridge to stop the Japanese advance on Rangoon (Yangton). Due to communication problems he was unaware that many of his Gurkha troops, who were fighting a rear-guard action, were still on the wrong side of the bridge. After the explosion, he discovered the enormity of the loss of both men and materiel. He collapsed and it was said his hair turned white within days from the shock. He was shipped home on medical grounds. He drowned in 1952 whilst swimming in the sea near East Preston.[15][16][17]

See also[edit]

Worthing Rural District


  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. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  4. ^ "History". East Preston & Kingston Village Hall.
  5. ^ www.eastprestonfc.com Archived 2013-06-01 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Stanley Holloway (1890–1982) – Find A Grave..." www.findagrave.com.
  7. ^ "C.B.T. Boughton-Leigh Esq MBE obituary".
  8. ^ "Mary Cecil Hay". Find a Grave. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Zangwill, Israel & Edith". UCL Archive. UCL Library Services. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Dr Ernest Vaughn Aylen". Find a Grave. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Kennedy clan a US dynasty". The Courier-News. 26 April 1984. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  12. ^ Sir Maurice Craig; The Times (London, England), Monday, Jan 07, 1935; pg. 19; Issue 46955. Category: Obituaries
  13. ^ Bennett, Maxwell: Virginia Woolf and Neuropsychiatry (Springer Press 2013) ISBN 9400757476 p.9
  14. ^ "Sir Maurice Craig". FindaGrave. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  15. ^ Warren, Alan (2011). Burma 1942: The Road from Rangoon to Mandalay. A&C Black. p. 127.
  16. ^ "Noel Hugh-Jones". Find a Grave. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Medals belonging to Brigadier N. Hugh-Jones, Indian Army, late Royal Welsh Fusiliers". DNW Auctions. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

External links[edit]

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