Place:West Sussex, England

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NameWest Sussex
Alt namesW Sussexsource: Royal Mail: PAF Digest [online] (2002) accessed 16 Dec 2002
W Susxsource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xviii; UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [web site] (1997-98) accessed 16 Dec 2002
TypeAdministrative county, Modern county
Coordinates50.917°N 0.5°W
Located inEngland     (1888 - )
Also located inSussex, England     ( - 1974)
Contained Places
Borough (municipal)
Arundel
Chichester
Worthing
Civil parish
Boxgrove
Bury
Chidham
Fernhurst
Hunston
Lurgashall
North Mundham
Oving
Pagham
Sidlesham
Upper Beeding ( 1974 - )
Hamlet
South Mundham
Treyford
Inhabited place
Adversane
Aldwick
Amberley
Angmering
Apple Down
Ardingly
Arundel
Balcombe
Bignor
Billingshurst
Bognor Regis
Bosham
Boxgrove
Bramber
Burgess Hill ( 1974 - )
Bury
Chichester
Chidham
Clapham
Clayton
Coombes
Cowfold
Dial Post
East Grinstead ( 1974 - )
East Preston
East Wittering
Elmer
Felpham
Fernhurst
Ferring
Findon
Fishbourne
Fittleworth
Foul Mile
Goodwood
Goring by Sea
Hardham
Hassocks
Henfield
Horsham
Horsted Keynes
Hunston
Hurstpierpoint
Keymer
Lancing
Lindfield
Littlehampton
Lurgashall
Lyminster
Mannings Heath
Midhurst
North Mundham
Pagham
Petworth
Poynings
Pulborough
Rustington
Selsey ( 400 - )
Shoreham by Sea
Sidlesham
Singleton
Small Dole
Sockbridge
Sompting
Southwater
Steyning
Storrington
Upper Beeding ( 1974 - )
Warham
Warminghurst
Washington
West Dean
Westbourne
Wick
Woolbeding
Worthing
Parish
Rumboldswyke
Registration district
Chichester Registration District ( 1974 - 2010 )
Crawley Registration District ( 1974 - 2010 )
Cuckfield Registration District ( 1974 - 1980 )
Haywards Heath Registration District ( 1980 - 2010 )
Horsham Registration District ( 1974 - 2010 )
Hove Registration District ( 1974 - 1998 )
West Sussex Registration District ( 2010 - )
Worthing Registration District ( 1974 - 2010 )
Rural district
Chanctonbury Rural
Chichester Rural
Cuckfield Rural
East Preston Rural
Horsham Rural
Midhurst Rural
Petworth Rural
Steyning West Rural
Thakenham Rural
Westbourne Rural
Westhampnett Rural
Worthing Rural
Unknown
Lowfield Heath
Urban district
Bognor Regis
Burgess Hill ( 1974 - )
Crawley
Cuckfield ( 1974 - )
East Grinstead ( 1974 - )
Haywards Heath ( 1974 - )
Horsham
Littlehampton
Shoreham by Sea
Southwick
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West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering East Sussex (including Brighton and Hove) to the east, Hampshire to the west and Surrey to the north, and to the south the English Channel. Chichester in the southwest is the county town and only city in West Sussex, with the largest towns being Crawley, Worthing and Horsham.

West Sussex has a range of scenery, including Wealden, Downland and coastal. The highest point of the county is Black Down, at 280 metres (919 ft). It has a number of stately homes including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark and castles such as Arundel and Bramber. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering walking, cycling and other recreational opportunities.[1]

History

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Although the name Sussex, derived from the Old English 'Sūþsēaxe' ('South Saxons'), is from the Saxon period between AD 477 to 1066, the history of human habitation in Sussex goes back to the Old Stone Age. The oldest hominin remains known in Britain were found at Eartham Pit, Boxgrove. Sussex has been occupied since those times and has succumbed to various invasions and migrations throughout its long history.[2]

The foundation of the Kingdom of Sussex is recorded by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year AD 477; it says that Ælle arrived at a place called Cymenshore in three ships with his three sons and killed or put to flight the local inhabitants. The foundation story is regarded as somewhat of a myth by most historians, although the archaeology suggests that Saxons did start to settle in the area in the late 5th century. The Kingdom of Sussex was absorbed into Wessex as an earldom and became the county of Sussex.

With its origins in the kingdom of Sussex, the later county of Sussex was traditionally divided into six units known as rapes. By the 16th century, the three western rapes were grouped together informally, having their own separate Quarter Sessions; they were administered by a separate county council from 1888, the county of Sussex being split into the counties of East and West Sussex. In 1974, West Sussex was made a single ceremonial county with the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972. At the same time a large part of the eastern rape of Lewes (the Mid Sussex district which includes the towns of Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead) was transferred into West Sussex.

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Briefly, West Sussex became an administrative county in 1888 and a ceremonial county in 1974. In the period between 1888 and 1974 Sussex was the ceremonial county for both East and West Sussex.

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