Haywards Heath came into being as a result of the coming of the railway to the town and it has grown non stop ever since. And in the Sompting area just west of Worthing there’s a St Mary’s Church, a very historic Anglo-Saxon building completed well before William the Conqueror arrived and in great condition for its age. Just north of Worthing is Cissbury Ring, where Neolithic cultures mined for flint. The waterfront and Bosham Quay are adorable with a rustic maritime feel and unbroken views out over Chichester Harbour. There are tea rooms by the river and inns serving traditional pub food. West Sussex.info Advertising, Page author: Mark Hoult of West Sussex.info, Full details of sports clubs in West Sussex. Horsham is an ancient market town with a modern shopping centre alongside interesting old buildings, especially around the beautiful Causeway area. The cathedral in Arundel may look for all the world like it is medieval but actually dates to the 1800s, has a French Gothic style and was designed by Joseph Hansom famed for his Hansom horse-drawn cabs. For a map of villages in West Sussex, see: To locate those places that do not have their own article, see List of United Kingdom locations for geographic coordinates and further links to maps. Like many English fortifications, this landmark took some punishment in the English Civil war, but sections of its walls are still here and you can make out the earthworks of the original Norman motte and bailey castle. Petworth. In West Sussex there’s a lot to see in rural areas. Shoreham Fort is a peculiar reminder of a forgotten episode in history. Chichester Cathedral, from 1075, has the honour being the only English cathedral visible from the sea, and the walled Bishop’s Palace Gardens is a secret oasis of bright colour in spring and summer. It was damaged in the Civil War in the 1600s, but was restored in the 1700s and is now one of Sussex’s most-visited attractions, with an armoury, chapel, dry moat and vistas of the River Arun and countryside from its fairytale towers. Bognor Regis epitomises the Sussex seaside holiday town - founded just over 200 years ago as an upmarket resort, it now has a population of well over 60,000 people. Others, like Worthing and Bognor Regis are holiday centres, harnessing the sunny climate and pebble beaches for carefree summer days. Fishbourne also borders the Chichester Harbour Area of Natural Beauty, one of England’s only undeveloped natural harbours: A paradise for boaters and a haven for coastal wildlife. The beach at Shoreham is on massive a sandbank, which has been developed into an upmarket residential neighbourhood. Other conurbations of a similar size are B… With 50 miles of stunning coastal landscape, there’s nowhere better for a day at the beach. Worthing has all the amenities of a city, but you’re right by the lower slopes of the South Downs too. Although the villages of Sussex are a lot different to 150 years ago, it's still possible to see glimpses of traditional village life … Chichester, the county town, has a cathedral and city status, and is situated not far from the border with Hampshire. Wakehurst Place meanwhile is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, and has landscaped wetland, woodland, ponds and walled gardens across two square kilometres. Many of these, like Chichester and Arundel are historic and have compelling Roman, Saxon and medieval monuments. One of the largest towns in the county, Haywards Heath is a thriving and prosperous place, perfect for a meal or shopping trip. With a heady mix of art, charming old streets and history, Petworth is a wonderful town in the South Downs. And in July and August its charms are most obvious, when you can unfold a deck chair and sunbathe on the expansive pebble beaches, go for lunch at a seafront restaurant and amble around the town’s flower gardens at Hotham and Marine Park. The stately home, owned by the National Trust, has lots of Turner paintings, and scenes from the acclaimed film, Mr Turner were shot here. The small cathedral city of Chichester is the adminsitrative capital of West Sussex and is very popular with tourists who enjoy the fine Georgian architecture and good shops. For sight-seeing you can work your way up to the ruins of Bramber Castle. In the Sussex Weald, Midhurst is a country town that has some riveting stories to tell. King Canute had a palace here in the early-11th century, and his young daughter is buried at the Holy Trinity Church. Crawley is the economic powerhouse of West Sussex, a New Town which has expanded rapidly driven in part by the travel industry and nearby Gatwick airport. Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or in Mid Sussex, near the M23/A23 corridor. Moments from the Hampshire boundary, Bosham is an impossibly cute village nestling beside an inlet on Chichester Harbour. Far from the London sprawl, West Sussex is on the south coast where the English Channel shoreline is lined with continuous towns and seaside resorts. The ditches, cannon wall, gun platform and the caponiers have all been restored recently. Worthing is the largest seaside town in West Sussex, with a sea front packed with hotels and guest houses, a fine beach and a population approaching 100,000 people. The centre of Petworth is a pleasure, especially on Lombard Street, a narrow cobbled alley snaking up to the yard of St Mary’s Church. Most of the larger settlements are shown on the map. In one of its many townhouses is the Pallant House Gallery, with a cache of 20th-century British art by Lucien Freud, David Bomberg, Peter Blake and many more. Travelling west from Chichester, … As you see it now, Chichester is a sophisticated Georgian city straight out of a Jane Austen novel. The golden age of the British seaside has long gone, but Worthing gives the sense of a working town in good condition, that can turn into a bucket and spade resort as soon as the sun comes out. Being a well-to-do little town there are lots of antiques shops, artisan boutiques and galleries to browse. Steyning is a truly ancient town, reputedly founded by St Cuthman, and with pretty buildings, interesting shops and a gentle pace of life. West Kingston 476: West Lavington: Postcodes in West Lavington: 477: West Marden: … Burgess Hill is one of the fastest growing towns in South East England, popular with commuters and with speedy rail links to London and Brighton. Every few miles in any direction there will be a thatched village with a bed & breakfast and pub, and if you’re up for an adventure the South Downs Way is a 100-mile footpath from Hampshire to East Sussex. The pier is the venue for the International Birdman competition in early September, when human “birdmen” attempt to fly off the end of it. A broad band across the middle of the county became a National Park in 2011. With a heady mix of art, charming old streets and history, Petworth is a wonderful town in … The setting is as charming as any in the South Downs, with flint walls and cottages clad with ivy and wisteria.