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Bradshaw’s Guide

A descriptive guide to Sussex

One of the Southern Counties, is varied by the inequalities of the Downs and by intervening valleys to which the wooded scenery and pasture land give a rural and a rich diversity of appearance. It belongs to the chalk, formation, and has some high ranges of clowns and hills. The north is occupied by Wealden formation, covering 420,000 acres, and the south by the chalk formation. On the east are marshes and alluvial lands, and on the west coast it is much indented by, at others it runs out into, bold cliffs.

This county is celebrated for its treed of sheep, which are fed on the South Downs, the name by which they are distinguished. This, and the adjoining counties of Hants and Surrey, were by the Romans denominated Belgae, from the circumstance of their being inhabited by a people called Belgians, who supplanted the British Celts.

The railway communication of the county of Sussex is supplied by the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway Company. The London and Brighton main line, commencing at the London Bridge Terminus, proceeds past Sydenham and Croydon to Reigate, thence enters the county of Sussex at Crawley, and passes due South to Brighton, having branch lines extending along the coast to Lewes and Hastings, and Newhaven to the north, and to Shoreham, Worthing, Arundel, Chichester, Havant, and Portsmouth on the south.

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Featured places

  • Sussex : Arundel

    From the Worthing Road the appearance of the town, with its stately castle, extensive park, and winding river, is singularly beautiful.

  • Sussex : Brighton

    This once famous resort of royalty and fashion may now, through the levelling of the railroad, be fairly entitled to the appellation of the Marine Metropolis.

  • Sussex : Chichester

    A clean neatly built cathedral city and parliamentary borough in Sussex, on the South Coast Railway, 16 miles from Portsmouth.

  • Sussex : Eastbourne

    Eastbourne has, within a very few years, become fashionable as a watering-place. The bathing is very good, and a number of machines are employed.

  • Sussex : Hastings

    The recognised salubrity and mildness of the air, together with the openness of the coast and the smoothness of the beach, have long made Hastings a favourite and a recommended resort.

  • Sussex : Littlehampton

    This is the port for Arundel. It has recently attracted the attention of the Brighton Railway Company, who have established a system of steam communication between here and the Channel Islands.

  • Sussex : Pevensey

    Though formerly a place of so much importance as to give name to the hundred, it has now dwindled to an inconsiderable village.

  • Sussex : Worthing

    This market town has lately become very fashionable as a watering-place. Its rise from an insignificant hamlet to its present rank has been rapid almost beyond precedent, even in the annals of this coast.