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Location within West Sussex
Area3.72 km2 (1.44 sq mi)
Population13,883 (Civil Parish.2011) [1]
  Density 3,732/km2 (9,670/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ054022
  London 51 miles (82 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Rustington
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BN16
Dialling code 01903
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
UK Parliament
Website Rustington Parish Council
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West Sussex
50°48′37″N0°30′19″W / 50.81019°N 0.50521°W / 50.81019; -0.50521 Coordinates: 50°48′37″N0°30′19″W / 50.81019°N 0.50521°W / 50.81019; -0.50521
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Lych Gate, Rustington Church, John White postcard, sent 1905

Rustington is a small town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex. Rustington is approximately at the midpoint of the West Sussex coast and midway between the county town of Chichester and Brighton. The A259 runs along the north of Rustington, westward to Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Chichester, and east to Worthing and Brighton. The area forms part of the Brighton and Hove built-up area.


With a population of over 14,000 in 2014, it has the size and facilities of a small town, including a shopping area with a mix of independent and chain stores. The parish of Rustington includes the neighbourhood of West Preston.


Rustington was in World War I home to a planned American aerodrome, to the east of the High Street. Intended to launch bombing raids against Germany, the airfield was incomplete when the war ended. [2] [3] [4]

Conservation area and information centre

Rustington contains a conservation area which extends from the south end of North Lane to The Lamb in The Street. Here, where trees are protected, are the largest number of pre-1850 listed buildings in the post town, with The Street and surrounding roads containing some of the finest 17th and 18th century Sussex flint cottages in West Sussex, some of which are thatched.

There is a village information centre at the Broadmark Lane car park, housed in the recently renovated WRVS building in the Waitrose car park. It also houses Rustington Museum, exploring the village's history from the Stone Age to the modern day with artefacts from throughout time.

Annual events

Rustington competes annually in the South-East in Bloom competition. It holds an annual carnival and fête in August. Close to Christmas Eve, Rustington has a village carol concert which is free for local residents and features local school children accompanied by the Littlehampton Concert Band.


Rustington adjoins the English Channel, and is up to 7 metres (23 ft) above Ordnance Datum. It has three main recreation grounds and neither woodland nor fields. [5]

In music, literature and the media

"Rustington" is a well-known hymn tune by Hubert Parry, who lived and died in Rustington.

Rustington achieved national fame in 1956 with the launch of Flanders and Swann's show At the Drop of a Hat , in which "The Gnu Song" contains the lines:

I had taken furnished lodgings down at Rustington-on-Sea
Whence I travelled on to Ashton-Under-Lyne...

Shopping facilities

Rustington has independent shops such as butchers, greengrocers and bakers. It has some major banks and a post office serving a population of 40,000. Pedestrianised areas benefit the Churchill Court Shopping Courtyard. On display in the high street is a large Late Ice Age erratic boulder; this was brought to Rustington on ice during the last Ice Age. It was re-discovered in a local field named Stonefield having been used as a boundary marker for many years. Rustington also has a retail park on the A259 road.

Sport and leisure

Rustington has an amateur football club Rustington F.C. who play at the Recreation Ground. Also a cricket club based on the same ground and play throughout the summer with two teams on Saturdays and one on Sundays. In 2006, they didn't lose a single match, earning them a mention on Sky Sports News on New Year's Eve. In 2017 the club celebrated its 125 Anniversary. The Saturday teams play in the West Sussex Invitation League and in 2016 the first eleven won the Division 4 title. There is also a thriving table tennis club , Woodlands TTC who are based at The Woodlands Centre who meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Rustington shares Angmering railway station with Angmering and East Preston. Trains from this station go to Brighton and Portsmouth/Southampton, as well as regular services to London.

Bus services to Brighton and Portsmouth are provided by the Coastliner 700 with many stops within the village itself.

In the news

Hot cross bun

Air speed records

Two world air speed records were set over Rustington sea front.

  1. Set on 7 September 1946, by Group Captain Teddy Donaldson, flying a Gloster Meteor Star. Donaldson also became the first man to exceed 1000 km/h. [7]
  2. Set on 7 September 1953, by Squadron Leader Neville Duke, flying Hawker Hunter WB188, at a speed of 1170.9 km/h.

To celebrate, on 7 September 1996, Neville Duke returned to Rustington to unveil a plaque, marking the event, joined by a Gloster Meteor and a Hawker Hunter, which flew over the sea front.

Twin towns

Notable people

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