West Sussex


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West Sussex: 50.984370, -0.395508

West Sussex is a county located on the south coast of England and bordered by East Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey. It originated as part of the ancient Kingdom of Sussex, or Kingdom of the South Saxons, recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for AD 477. The ceremonial county of West Sussex was created quite recently in 1974. Its only city is Chichester but it is also home to several large towns including Crawley, Horsham and Worthing.

West Sussex is the sunniest county in England, full of historic attractions to take advantage of in such a climate. There are prehistoric sites such as the Devil’s Jumps where the god Thor is said to have sat on Treyford Hill. There are also Bronze Age burial mounds and Iron Age hillforts. The magnificent Roman palace at Fishbourne dates to the first century AD. Bosham Church can be found on the Bayeux Tapestry as the local church of Saxon and Danish kings of England. The Norman and Gothic Cathedral of Chichester was built in 1075. For more modern times, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery is home to a large collection of Georgian and Victorian costume and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester holds one of the most significant twentieth century British art collections outside of London.

Plenty can be found on the Internet regarding the history of Sussex and West Sussex. It is well worth taking a look at the many resources of the West Sussex Record Office, including a particularly informative guide on researching house histories in the county.

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