Worthing has seen some amazing and frankly ridiculous world records being set. Football and kickboxing marathons, the largest fig but our favourite has to be the largest gathering of elves (1,276!).
West and East Sussex were formerly one county but parted ways in 1974. Back in 477 it was the Kingdom of Sussex, ruled by King Aelle, a Saxon raider who arrived with 3 ships loaded with men who immediately put protesters to the sword. The name Sussex comes from ‘Suth-Seaxe’ meaning South Saxons.
West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK. It enjoys an average of 1,902 hours of sunshine per year. In 1990 Bognor Regis recorded 2,237 hours of sun! That’s good BBQ weather.
Fossils of Lions, bears and rhino have all been found at Boxgrove. A single bone with two teeth belonging to homo heidelbergensis, an early ancestor of neanderthal man, were discovered and date back 500,000 years, plus some of the earliest remains of horses have also been found in the area.
The largest Roman villa in northern Europe was discovered in Fishbourne. Dating back to the 1st century AD, the palace covered 500 sq feet. Roughly the size of Nero’s Golden Palace in Rome, it was built on the site of an earlier Roman army depot, used in the conquest of England. It is thought it was built and owned by Sallustius Lucullus, the Roman governor of Britain who was executed by the mad Emperor Domitian. The palace still has near intact mosaics baring Lucullus’ name.
A ‘Marine Site of Nature Conservation Importance’ lies just off the coast. Featuring 3 metre chalk cliffs, the area is home to rare species of fish. The same chalk can be found across the downs and gives the Sussex its rolling hills.
Sussex was home to Martello Towers, used as an early warning system against invasion by Napoleon. Later the county was covered in defences against Nazi invasion in WWII. There are still signs of gun emplacements across the region. Many craters are also visible in the fields across the South Downs, these were created by German aircraft dropping bombs to either knock out defences on their way past or lighten their planes on the way back. West Sussex also played a key role in the D-Day landings and Dunkirk evacuation.
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West Sussex offers everything you could want from life at the seaside or rural retreat following your West Sussex removals. It has a rich history, covering invasions and Vikings to the first Romans and the defence of WWII. It offers incredible seafood, the sunniest weather in the UK, fish and chips, sandy beaches, pristine white cliffs and rolling headland. It’s also very eco-friendly with a number of forward-thinking schemes and developments to help protect the planet.
The area produces great food, Sussex strawberries are a particular treat. Local honey, beers, wines and spirits complement artisan bakers along with the higher than average number of vegetarians and vegans in the area. But it’s not all agriculture, a number of major companies were formed here including Body Shop and Britain’s first commercial airport was based in Crawley (not far from where Gatwick Airport now stands).
There are excellent days and evenings out to enjoy, Bodium Castle and Arundel Castle are particularly impressive sites, while Fishbourne Palace and Bignor Palace are sites of romans villas. Of history isn’t your thing then there are plenty of festivals to enjoy including Glorious Goodwood, Chichester Festival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The 100m deep valley and Site of Special Scientific Interest maintained by the National Trust. Offering incredible views, rare plants, birds, animals and miles of pathways some of which have been in use for over 2,000 years.
The castle’s earliest traces date back to 1067 having been built on the orders of William the Conqueror to help defend from French invasion… er hello? Pot/Kettle? Today it is a truly magnificent site and fascinating place to visit.
Home to Glorious Goodwood and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it is the residence of the Duke of Richmond. An incredible place to visit for afternoon tea, golf, motorsport, events, an incredible art gallery and more.
Covering 40 acres, this living museum has over 50 historic buildings dating back as far as 950AD. There are gardens, displays, workshops, animals, walks, 15,000+ artefacts and more. It’s also where the BBC’s The Repair Shop is filmed.