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West Sussex
Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: South East England

- Total

- Admin. council
Ranked 30th

Ranked 27th
Admin HQ: Chichestermarker
ISO 3166-2: GB-WSX
ONS code: 45

- Total ( )

- Density

- Admin. Council

Ethnicity: 96.6% White

1.7% S.Asian

West Sussex County Council
Members of Parliament
Peter Bottomley

Nick Gibb

Nick Herbert

Tim Loughton

Francis Maude

Laura Moffatt

Nicholas Soames

Andrew Tyrie

  1. Worthingmarker
  2. Arunmarker
  3. Chichestermarker
  4. Horsham
  5. Crawleymarker
  6. Mid Sussexmarker
  7. Adur

West Sussex is a county in the south of Englandmarker, bordering onto East Sussexmarker (with Brighton and Hovemarker), Hampshire and Surreymarker. The county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972. Also at this time the Mid Sussexmarker region (including Haywards Heathmarker, Burgess Hillmarker and East Grinsteadmarker) was transferred from East Sussex.

West Sussex is a diverse county; it is well known for its stately homes and castles such as Arundel Castlemarker and Bramber Castlemarker. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering popular walking and cycling ground for visitors and residents alike [22045].

Chichestermarker is the county town of West Sussex, and the highest point of the county is Black Downmarker, at 280m/919 ft ( ).


Chichester Market Cross

Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or are situated in the M23 corridor. Crawleymarker and Worthingmarker are the largest settlements in the county, with populations of approximately 100,000 inhabitants each. Next in size order comes Bognor Regismarker, on the south coast, followed by the market town of Horshammarker. Chichester, the county town, boasts a cathedral and city status, and is situated not far from the border with Hampshire. Other towns in alphabetical order are Burgess Hillmarker, East Grinsteadmarker and Haywards Heathmarker in the Mid Sussexmarker district, and Littlehamptonmarker in the Arunmarker district.

Other settlements include the towns of Arundelmarker and Shoreham-by-Seamarker, and the smaller settlements of Billingshurstmarker, Copthornemarker, Crawley Downmarker, Cuckfieldmarker, Henfieldmarker, Hassocksmarker, Hurstpierpointmarker, Lancingmarker, Lindfieldmarker, Midhurstmarker, Petworthmarker, Pulboroughmarker, Rustingtonmarker, Southwatermarker, Southwick, Steyningmarker and Storringtonmarker.

Communications and transport

The M23/A23/A24marker runs through the east of the county from Waterloomarker in Londonmarker all the way to Brightonmarker&Worthingmarker. Other major roads are the A272 which runs east to west, and the A27 which does the same but closer to the coast; the A272 going through the middle of the county. Along the majority of the coast can be found the A259, which is often used as an alternate route to the A27.

Gatwick Airport, which handled over 32 million passengers in 2005, is located to the north of Crawleymarker, and is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. There is also a considerably smaller local airport at Shoreham. There are 3 main railway routes; the Brighton Main Line, the Arun Valley Line and the West Coastway Line.

Local government

West Sussex County Council, based at County Hall Chichester, provides a large range of services including education, social services, fire and rescue, libraries, town and country planning, refuse disposal and consumer services. In addition, there are seven local government districts within the county of West Sussex:

Places of interest

Castles, houses and other buildings



Ancient history

Religious buildings

See also :Category:Churches in West Sussex

The arts



Historic Coat of Arms, Replaced in 1975


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of West Sussex at current basic prices published (pp.240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross

Value Added
Agriculture Industry Services
1995 8,564 208 2,239 6,116
2000 10,576 162 2,545 7,869
2003 12,619 185 2,520 9,915

The following are some of the companies based in West Sussex:


West Sussex has a comprehensive education system, with 36 county-maintained secondary schools, one Academy and over 20 independent senior schools. In addition, primary education is provided through a mix of around 240 infant, junior, primary, first and middle schools.


West Sussex County Council has 70 councillors; the majority of them being Conservative. There are 47 Conservative councillors, 16 Liberal Democrats, and 7 Labour Party councillors. [22048]

As of the 2005 general election, West Sussex is largely represented by Conservative MPs, with the exception of the Labour Party constituency of Crawleymarker, where Labour held the seat by just 37 votes. The Members of Parliament, their corresponding constituencies and the percentage of the vote they received are as follows:


See also

Image Gallery

Image:Gatwick South Terminal.jpg|Gatwick's South TerminalImage:Arun Valley, West Sussex.jpg|Arun Valley at Amberley, West SussexImage:Clayton Tunnel.JPG| Clayton Tunnel on the London to Brighton line.Image:Butchers Wood, Hassocks.JPG|Typical West Sussex woodland at HassocksmarkerImage:Poynings, from S Downs.JPG|View of West Sussex from the S Downs above Poynings


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