Sussex

Sussex is a county in South East England, bordered by Hampshire, Surrey and Kent and in the South, by the English Channel. Consequently, it is known as Sussex by the Sea. It has ninety miles of coast from Camber to Chichester. It gets its name from the Old English “Suth Seaxe”, meaning land of the South Saxons. Over 80% of the County is rural.

 

Residents of Sussex were delighted to learn that on 19th May 2018, following the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, they now had a Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Her Majesty the Queen bestowed these titles upon them in keeping with Royal tradition, that male members of the family receive a title on their wedding day. The previous Duke of Sussex died in 1843 without a legitimate heir. Prince Augustus Frederick was the son of King George III. He married twice, but the marriages were not approved by his father and therefore, were not legal. Megan Markel, now Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, is therefore, the first to have this honour. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will be familiar with the County, but the Duchess, who was born in California, has many delights awaiting her. The shingle beaches of Brighton may not match those in California and the sandy beaches of West Wittering could have an attraction for her. The luxurious Royal Pavilion in Brighton was built by Prince Harry’s ancestor, King George IV.

 

The South Downs are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These rolling chalk hills stretch seventy miles across Sussex. Ditchling Beacon, seven miles north of Brighton, is the highest point (248 metres) in East Sussex and provides views out to sea and across the Weald. Between Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven, are the world famous Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of unspoilt coastline on the South coast of England. Further East, is the spectacular Beachy Head, which towers over the famous Beachy Head Lighthouse.

 

Sussex contains the prominent cities of Chichester and Brighton and other attractive coastal resorts, such as Bognor Regis, Worthing and Hastings. There is easy, fast access from London by rail and by road on the M23 Motorway, which also services the international airport of London Gatwick.

 

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, is a picturesque moated castle set in the High Weald. It is well preserved and owned by the National Trust. It was in Sussex that the last successful invasion of England took place in 1066. William of Normandy defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

Places to visit in Sussex

Village Pond, Singleton

Singleton, Sussex

Singleton is a small pretty village just off the main A286 Chichester to Midhurst Road, near the source of the River Lavant.  The river bed is dry most of the year, but flows in the winter in a short valley to ...
Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle, Sussex

Bodiam Castle has a beautiful fairy tale setting, surrounded by a wide moat. The towers seem to float on the water. It seems remarkably complete from the outside, but inside, although well preserved, it has los...
Lifeboat Station, Selsey Bill

Selsey, Sussex

Selsey, which is located at the southern most point of the Manhood Peninsula, is a seaside town and beach in West Sussex. It makes for a lovely day at the beach and is home to the inventor of the mouse trap! ...
Rose Cottage, Wilmington

Wilmington, Sussex

Wilmington is situated at the foot of the South Downs, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is renowned for the Long Man of Wilmington, a great figure 70 metres (231 feet) tall, cut out of the turf of W...
The Tiger Inn, East Dean

East Dean, Sussex

East Dean is a small village about five miles from Eastbourne in East Sussex, situated in a steep valley, well hidden in the South Downs. Please note, it is quite often confused with another village of the same...