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West Sussex

West Sussex (including Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing) is in the South East of England. It has a population of around 807,000 and covers approximately 199,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey.

County flag of West SussexThe county town of West Sussex is Chichester, where you can visit Pallant House Gallery which has a large collection of 20th century British art and Chichester Cathedral, that in addition to its impressive Norman and Gothic architecture is noted for its modern works of art. Located near Chichester, Goodwood House is a 17th century stately home which has an extensive art collection, including paintings by Canaletto, Joshua Reynolds and George Stubbs as well as tapestries and ceramics. The estate is a venue for a range of events and is home to the Cass Sculpture Foundation, where visitors can see a variety of sculptures among the picturesque landscape and purchase the work created by contemporary artists. Performing arts venues in West Sussex include the Capitol Theatre in Horsham, The Hawth Theatre in Crawley, Chichester Festival Theatre, Connaught Theatre in Worthing and Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in the village of Singleton has dozens of buildings from previous centuries, which were moved from their original locations and reconstructed on the site. Inside they have been furnished and decorated as they would have looked in the past, whilst outside the landscape and farm animals add to the sense of how people once lived and worked. The museum also runs country events and activities, such as demonstrations of traditional rural crafts. The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has a large collection of textiles and costumes from the 17th to 21st century, along with collections of toys, dolls, paintings and sculpture. Other attractions in West Sussex include Arundel Castle, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, Petworth House, Fishbourne Roman Palace, the ruins of Cowdray Castle near Midhurst, South Downs National Park, Worthing Pier and Tilgate Park in Crawley.

There is an excellent arts and crafts house in East Grinstead called Standen. You can see house interiors by William Morris, William AS Benson and William De Morgan.

Ted Walker

(Born 1934 in Lancing in West Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

He was a journalist, writer of short stories, poet and broadcaster. His poem the Fox on a Barn Door is about his view of the countryside of Sussex.

Hammond Innes

(Born 1913 in Horsham in West Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction

Innes was a prolific novelist with around thirty titles to his name. He also wrote childrens books and non fiction on travel.

Anton Dolin, Sir

(Born 1904 in Slinfold in West Sussex), Dance

Founder of the English National Ballet in South Kensington. He was a principal ballet dancer.

Eric Gill

(Born 1882 in Steyning in West Sussex), Calligraphy, Sculpture, Stone carving

A now controversial character, best known for the stone carving of Ariel Between Wisdom and Gaiety at Broadcasting House in London and North and South Wind on the Grade 1 listed 55 Broadway that overlooks St James Park.

William Hayley

(Born 1745 in Chichester in West Sussex), Nonfiction, Pottery and ceramics

Schooled at Eton and Cambridge, Hayley was the biographer of William Cowper the English poet.

Thomas Otway

(Born 1652 in Trotton in West Sussex), Fiction

The Orphan and Venice Preserved were some of his best known works.