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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Time zone||UTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)|
|Members of Parliament|
|Lord Lieutenant||Peter Field (2008–)|
|High Sheriff||Andrew Blackman (2020–21)|
|Area||1,792 km2 (692 sq mi)|
|• Ranked||33rd of 48|
|• Ranked||29th of 48|
|Density||472/km2 (1,220/sq mi)|
|County council||East Sussex County Council|
|Area||1,709 km2 (660 sq mi)|
|• Ranked||19th of 21|
|• Ranked||21st of 21|
|Density||320/km2 (830/sq mi)|
Unitary County council area
Districts of East Sussex
East Sussex is a ceremonial county in South East England. It is bordered by Kent to the north-east,West Sussex to the west,Surrey to the north-west,and the English Channel to the south. The largest settlement is the city of Brighton and Hove,and the county town is Lewes.
The county has an area of 1,792 km2 (692 sq mi) and a population of 844,985. The latter is largely concentrated along the coast,where the largest settlements are located:Brighton and Hove,Eastbourne and Hastings. The Brighton and Hove built-up area extends into West Sussex and has a total population of 474,485. The centre and north of the county is largely rural,and the largest settlement is Crowborough. East Sussex contains six local government districts;five are part of a two-tier non-metropolitan county also called East Sussex,and the district of Brighton and Hove is part of a unitary authority area. East Sussex and West Sussex historically formed a single county.
The north-east of East Sussex is part of the Weald,a sandstone anticline which was once an extensive woodland. The highest point in this area is Crowborough Hill (242 m (794 ft)),part of the High Weald uplands. The south-west of the county is part of the South Downs,a rolling chalk escarpment which stretches west into West Sussex and Hampshire. Ditchling Beacon (248 m (814 ft)) is the highest point. Where the downs reach the sea they forms high cliffs such as the Seven Sisters,where eroded dry valleys create an undulating skyline. The county does not contain large rivers,but its largest are the Rother,which forms part of the boundary with Kent,the Cuckmere,and the Ouse,which rises in West Sussex and flows through Lewes before reaching the English Channel at Newhaven.
East Sussex is part of the historic county of Sussex,which has its roots in the ancient kingdom of the South Saxons,who established themselves there in the 5th century AD,after the departure of the Romans. Archaeological remains are plentiful,especially in the upland areas. The area's position on the coast has also meant that there were many invaders,including the Romans and later the Normans. Earlier industries have included fishing,iron-making,and the wool trade,all of which have declined,or been lost completely.
Sussex was historically sub-divided into six rapes. From the 12th century the three eastern rapes together and the three western rapes together had separate quarter sessions,with the county town of the three eastern rapes being Lewes.This situation was formalised by Parliament in 1865,and the two parts were made into administrative counties,each with its own elected county council in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888. In East Sussex there were also three self-administered county boroughs:Brighton,Eastbourne and Hastings.
Upon its foundation,East Sussex included the south of Tunbridge Wells and the south of Lamberhurst;by the Local Government Act 1894 these areas were transferred to Kent.
In 1974 East Sussex was made a non-metropolitan and ceremonial county,and the three county boroughs became districts within the county. At the same time the western boundary was altered,so that the Mid Sussex region (including Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath) was transferred to the non metropolitan county of West Sussex. In 1997,Brighton and Hove became a self-administered unitary authority;it was granted city status in 2000,whilst remaining part of the ceremonial county of East Sussex.
The area of East Sussex County Council's jurisdiction is divided into five local government districts. Three are large rural districts (from west to east):Lewes,Wealden,and Rother. Eastbourne and Hastings are mainly urban areas. The rural districts are further subdivided into civil parishes.
Geologically,East Sussex is part of southern anticline of the Weald:the South Downs,a range of moderate chalk hills which run across the southern part of the county from west to east and mirrored in Kent by the North Downs. To the north lie parallel valleys and ridges,the highest of which is the Weald itself (the Hastings beds and Wealden Clay). The sandstones and clays meet the sea at Hastings;the Downs,at Beachy Head. The area contains significant reserves of shale oil,totalling 4.4 billion barrels of oil in the Wealden basin according to a 2014 study,which then Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said "will bring jobs and business opportunities" and significantly help with UK energy self-sufficiency. Fracking in the area is required to achieve these objectives,which has been opposed by environmental groups.
East Sussex,like most counties by the south coast,has an annual average total of around 1,750hours of sunshine per year. This is much higher than the UK's average of about 1,340 hours of sunshine a year.
The relief of the county reflects the geology.
The chalk uplands of the South Downs occupies the coastal strip between Brighton and Eastbourne. There are two river gaps:the Rivers Ouse and Cuckmere. The Seven Sisters,where the Downs meet the sea,are the remnants of dry valleys cut into the chalk;they end at Beachy Head,530 feet (162 m) above sea level. To the east of Beachy Head lie the marshlands of the Pevensey Levels,formerly flooded by the sea but now enclosed within a deposited beach. At Bexhill the land begins to rise again where the sands and clays of the Weald meet the sea;these culminate in the sandstone cliffs east of Hastings. Further east are the Pett Levels,more marshland,beyond which is the estuary of the River Rother. On the far side of the estuary are the dunes of Camber Sands. The highest point in the county is Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs,which has a maximum elevation of 248 m (814 ft) and is classed as a Marilyn.
The Weald occupies the northern borderlands of the county. Between the Downs and Weald is a narrow stretch of lower lying land;many of the rivers and streams occupying this area originate in the Weald. The High Weald is heavily wooded in contrast to the South Downs;the Low Weald less so. Part of the Weald is the Ashdown Forest.
The location of settlements in East Sussex has been determined both by its history and its geography. The original towns and villages tended to be where its economy lay:fishing along the coast and agriculture and iron mining on the Weald. Industry today tends to be geared towards tourism,and particularly along the coastal strip. Here towns such as Bexhill-on-Sea,Eastbourne,and Hastings lie. Newhaven and Rye are ports,although the latter is also of historical importance. Peacehaven and Seaford are more dormitory towns than anything else. Away from the coast lie former market towns such as Hailsham,Heathfield and Uckfield;Crowborough is a centre for the Ashdown Forest. Lewes,the County town of East Sussex;and Battle,with its Norman Conquest beginnings,and Wadhurst are the other three towns of significance.
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This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex (Brighton &Hove has a separate table) at current basic prices published Archived 4 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of pounds.
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The Seven Sisters Park is part of the South Downs National Park. Beachy Head is one of the most famed local attractions,along with the flats along Normans Bay.
Apart from the physical landmarks such as the Downs and the Weald,East Sussex has a great many landmarks of historical interest. There are castles at Bodiam,Herstmonceux,Lewes and Pevensey;and defence works such as the Martello towers and Eastbourne Redoubt.Battle Abbey,built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings;Bateman's,home of Rudyard Kipling,Hammerwood Park,one of the first examples of Greek Revival architecture in the UK;and the University of Sussex buildings at Falmer are among interesting buildings. Bexhill on sea is also home to the De La Warr Pavilion. East Sussex also includes two chalk hill figures,being the Litlington White Horse and the Long Man of Wilmington,which are both situated in the Sussex Downs.
East Sussex has no motorways,and even dual carriageways are sparse in the county. The main roads through the county are those part of the radial pattern from London:the A21 from Kent to Hastings;the A22 from Surrey to Eastbourne;and the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Cross-country routes include the A26 which carries traffic from Newhaven and Lewes north into Kent;and the south coast trunk route,which starts in Folkestone (Kent) as the A259 trunk road,and traverses the south coast to Eastbourne,where it becomes the A27 trunk road and heads westwards towards Chichester in West Sussex and ultimately to Honiton in Devon. All the main roads suffer from congestion and traffic problems:the A27 which connects Eastbourne to Portsmouth is one of the busiest trunk roads in the UK.[ citation needed ]
Bus routes serve all the main areas of settlement and many of the villages in the county.
The railways serve the main towns in a similar fashion to the roads. Until the closures of many branch railways in the 20th century,rural East Sussex was well-served by rail:few such branch lines escaped the Beeching cuts so that today only main-line services remain. They include the East Coastway Line (including the Marshlink Line);the Hastings line;and the Uckfield branch of the Oxted Line. There are three heritage railways:the Kent and East Sussex Railway operates from Tenterden in Kent to Bodiam;the Bluebell Railway from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead;and the Lavender Line Steam Railway near Lewes.
Trains in the county are operated by Southern,Southeastern,Thameslink and Great Western Railway. Southern is the key operator for the county,operating services along the West Coastway and East Coastway routes,as well as trains from Brighton,Eastbourne,Seaford and Hastings to London Victoria,and to a lesser extent London Bridge,which is also where trains to/from Uckfield go. Southeastern operate trains from London Charing Cross to Hastings. Thameslink operate trains from Brighton to Bedford.
Among the long-distance footpaths in East Sussex are the South Downs Way;1066 Country Walk,High Weald Landscape Trail,Saxon Shore Way,Sussex Border Path,Sussex Ouse Valley Way,Vanguard Way,Wealdway and The Monarch's Way.
The Universities of Sussex and Brighton are based in East Sussex,with facilities in Brighton,Falmer and Hastings.
Over 150 primary schools serve the area;many of them small and local in scope.
State and independent secondary schools include Lewes Old Grammar School,which celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2012. Overall,more than 50 serve East Sussex,including further education colleges in larger towns.
A number of independent boarding schools are also located in the county,including Brighton College and Roedean. The Pestalozzi Children's Village,an international foundation,is located at Sedlescombe.
Sussex is a historic county in South East England that is bounded to the west by Hampshire, north by Surrey, northeast by Kent, south by the English Channel, and is divided for many purposes into the ceremonial counties of West Sussex and East Sussex.
Brighton and Hove is a unitary authority with city status in East Sussex, England. There are multiple villages alongside the seaside resorts of Brighton and Hove in the district. It is administered by Brighton and Hove City Council, which is currently under Labour majority control.
Falmer is a small village and civil parish in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England, lying between Brighton and Lewes, approximately five miles (8 km) north-east of the former. It is also the site of Brighton & Hove Albion's Falmer Stadium.
The South Downs are a range of chalk hills in the south-eastern coastal counties of England that extends for about 260 sq mi (670 km2) across the south-eastern coastal counties of England from the Itchen valley of Hampshire in the west to Beachy Head, in the Eastbourne Downland Estate, East Sussex, in the east. The Downs are bounded on the northern side by a steep escarpment, from whose crest there are extensive views northwards across the Weald. The South Downs National Park forms a much larger area than the chalk range of the South Downs, and includes large parts of the Weald.
The A259 is a road on the south coast of England passing through Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, and Kent, and is the longest Zone 2 A road in Great Britain. The main part of the road connects Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Rye, and Folkestone.
The South Downs National Park is England's newest national park, designated on 31 March 2010. The park, covering an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) in southern England, stretches for 140 kilometres (87 mi) from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The national park covers the chalk hills of the South Downs and a substantial part of a separate physiographic region, the western Weald, with its heavily wooded sandstone and clay hills and vales. The South Downs Way spans the entire length of the park and is the only National Trail that lies wholly within a national park.
Brighton railway station is the southern terminus of the Brighton Main Line, the western terminus of the East Coastway Line and the eastern terminus of the West Coastway Line in England, and the principal station serving the city of Brighton, East Sussex. It is 50 miles 49 chains from London Bridge via Redhill.
Isfield is a small village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex in England, located north-east of Lewes.
The Oxted line is a railway in southern England and part of the Southern franchise. The railway splits into two branches towards the south and has direct trains throughout to London termini.
The East Coastway line is a railway line along the south coast of Sussex to the east of Brighton, England. Trains to the west of Brighton operate on the West Coastway line. Together with the West Coastway and the Marshlink line to the east, the line forms part of a continuous route from Havant to Ashford. The Brighton Main Line route to Eastbourne and Hastings, via Plumpton and Cooksbridge, shares the East Coastway line east of Lewes station.
Falmer railway station is in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, south-east England, 3 miles 39 chains (5.6 km) from Brighton railway station on the East Coastway line. It is operated by Southern.
Sussex is a historic county and cultural region in the south of England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. It is bounded on the north by Surrey, north-east by Kent, south by the English Channel, and west by Hampshire, and is divided for local government into West Sussex and East Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. The city of Brighton & Hove was created a unitary authority in 1997, and was granted City status in 2000. Until then Chichester had been Sussex's only city. By convention, Chichester is Sussex's capital city and Lewes is Sussex's county town.
The Sussex Rugby Football Union is the society responsible for rugby union in the county of Sussex, England and is one of the constituent bodies of the national Rugby Football Union.
The Regency Route is a name given since 1977 to a regular bus service between Brighton in East Sussex and Tunbridge Wells in Kent, both towns with a Regency heritage. The route runs via the East Sussex towns of Lewes, Uckfield and Crowborough.
Healthcare in Sussex was the responsibility of seven Clinical Commissioning Groups covering: Brighton and Hove; Coastal West Sussex; Horsham and Mid Sussex; Crawley; Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford; Hastings and Rother; High Weald; and Lewes-Havens from 2013 to 2020. From April 2020 they were merged into three covering East Sussex, West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove. In 2021 the three Sussex CCGs were merged into one, Sussex CCG. In 2022 Sussex CCG transitioned into an Integrated Care Board or ICB.