16 Facts About West Sussex


West Sussex is a county in South East England on the English Channel coast.

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The county town and only city in West Sussex is Chichester, located in the south-west of the county.

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The existing East and West Sussex councils took control respectively, with Mid Sussex and parts of Crawley being transferred to the West Sussex administration from East Sussex.

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West Sussex has a range of scenery, including wealden, downland and coastal.

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West Sussex has been occupied since those times and has succumbed to various invasions and migrations throughout its long history.

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Foundation of the Kingdom of West Sussex is recorded by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year AD 477; it says that Ælle arrived at a place called Cymenshore in three ships with his three sons and killed or put to flight the local inhabitants.

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The Kingdom of West Sussex was absorbed into Wessex as an earldom and became the county of West Sussex.

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In 1974, West Sussex was made a single ceremonial county with the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972.

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West Sussex is bordered by Hampshire to the west, Surrey to the north and East Sussex to the east.

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In West Sussex the exposed rock becomes older towards the north of the county with Lower Greensand ridges along the border with Surrey including the highest point of the county at Blackdown.

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West Sussex is the sunniest county in the United Kingdom, according to Met Office records.

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West Sussex developed distinctive land uses along with its neighbours in the weald.

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Since the 2015 general election, West Sussex has been represented entirely by Conservative Members of Parliament .

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West Sussex Youth Cabinet is a group of local representatives and four UK Youth Parliament representatives, who are elected by young people in West Sussex.

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West Sussex has a comprehensive education system, with a mix of county-maintained secondary schools and academies and over twenty independent senior schools.

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West Sussex was the first First-Class cricket county formed in 1839 and was a cradle for club cricket.

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