West Sussex

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West Sussex, county (1991 pop. 692,800), 768 sq mi (1,990 sq km), S England. Chichester is the county seat. Administratively, the county is divided into the districts of Chichester, Arun, Worthing, Adur, Horsham, Crawley, and Mid Sussex. A chalk ridge runs from the county's east to west edge. In the south the land flattens into a gentle plain. After early Roman invasions, the Saxons moved across Sussex. The Normans deposed them, leaving behind monasteries and castles. West Sussex is essentially a resort area; Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, and Worthing are the most popular tourist spots. See also Sussex.

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Sussex, West was given a separate county council in 1888, with its county headquarters at Chichester, and the arrangement was continued in 1972. The Banham commission in 1994 recommended no change in the two-tier system for West Sussex, which retains its county status. See Sussex, East.

J. A. Cannon

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West Sussex Non-metropolitan county in se England. It is divided into seven districts: Chichester (the county town), Adur, Arun, Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex, and Worthing. Area: 2016sq km (778sq mi). Pop. (1997) 760,700.

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West Sussex. See Sussex, West.