Billingshurst is a village and civil parish
in the Horsham District of
thirteen kilometres (8 miles) south-west of Horsham, and nine
kilometres (5.6 miles) north-east of Pulborough.
Billingshurst is located on the A29 road
(the Roman Stane Street
), at a point where the A272 road
forms a crossroads with the main road.
medieval period, the village was a coaching stop on the main road
from Bognor to Horsham.
railway station is on the main line from London Victoria to Bognor
Regis and Chichester (some services continue to Portsmouth
Harbour or Southampton). The village lies near the Wey and Arun
The civil parish has a land area of
3,219 hectares (7,952 acres). In the 2001 census 6,531
people lived in 2,677 households, of whom 3,451 were economically
The village's name probably came from Anglo-Saxon Billinges hyrst
"Billa's son's wooded hill".
The High Street
Billingshurst has four churches. St Mary's Church (Church of England
) is the largest, with a
mix of service styles, ranging from Book of Common Prayer
services to informal family worship. Other churches are St
Gabriel's Church (Catholic
Billingshurst Family Church (Evangelical
; part of the Newfrontiers
family of churches) and Trinity
Church (United Reformed
village has a secondary school and a sixth form college, known
together as The Weald School.
Billingshurst Infant and Junior Schools are
situated near to The Weald. A decision was taken in 2009 to combine
these two schools into the new Billingshurst Primary School.
Local pubs include: The Kings Arms, The Kings Head, The Six Bells,
The Lime Burners, The Railway Inn, The Blacksmiths Arms. The
village also has two Indian restaurants, two Indian take-aways, a
number of Chinese take-aways (including a mobile unit on Thursdays
and Fridays) and an upmarket Chinese restaurant as well as Fish and
The Weald School site contains a leisure centre with swimming pool
and gym which is open to the public. A new sports area, Jubilee
Fields, contains football pitches, two cricket pitches and
pavilion, a fishing lake, and an exercise (trim trail) path. Other
facilities in the village include a tennis club and a lawn bowling
Approximate travelling times from the larger towns and cities near
Billingshurst are 35 minutes to Guildford, 30 minutes to Crawley
and Chichester, 25 minutes to Haslemere and 35 minutes to Haywards