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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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Painting of Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England, is one of the most impressive and complete castles remaining in Britain. Construction on the original fortification began during the reign of Edward the Confessor (r. 1042–1066) and was completed by Roger de Montgomery, who incidentally became the first to hold the earldom by the graces of William the Conqueror.

From the 11th century onward, the castle has served as a hereditary stately home to several families (with a few and brief reversions to the Crown) and is currently the principal seat of the Duke of Norfolk and his family (grid reference TQ019074).

The Norman castle was built in 1068 during the reign of William I as a fortification for the River Arun and a defensive position for the surrounding land. The original structure was a Motte and Bailey castle before undergoing an extensive renovation which enlarged the motte and improved the defences. Roger de Montgomery is believed to have been declared the first Earl of Arundel when William I granted him the property as part of a much larger grant of hundreds of manors. (For other reasons, the generally accepted first creation of the title Earl of Arundel lies in the year 1138 with William d'Aubigny, confirmed in 1155).


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Weald and Download Open Air Museum is an open air museum attraction in West Sussex near Chichester, in England.


West Sussex news

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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