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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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Christ's Hospital (also popularly known as The Bluecoat School, and also by the nicknames "Housey" and "CH") is a full board coeducational boarding school located in the countryside just south of Horsham, West Sussex, England. The school was originally founded in the 16th century in Blackfriars, London and Hertford.

Christ's Hospital is unique for a British independent school in that it educates a large proportion of its students free, and most at a reduced rate. This stems from its founding charter as a charitable school. School fees are paid on a means-tested basis (in 2006/7 families with a net assessed income of £7,499 pa (and below) pay nothing in contributions), with substantial subsidies paid by the school so that students from all walks of life are able to have a comprehensive, high quality, public school education that would otherwise be beyond the means of their parents. In 2005/6 average parental income assessed was £14,275; over 50% of pupils are from families with a household income of less than £13,000; half are from single parent families; a third would qualify for free school dinners in the state system (compared to the national average of 14.3%).


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Credit: Felicity and Phillip

Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in the UK.


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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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