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This is the Umbrella Project Page for Sussex, England.

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  • Administrative centres Lewes and Chichester
  • County Flower - Round-headed Rampion - also known as the 'Pride of Sussex', was adopted as Sussex's county flower in 2002.
  • People from Sussex are called - Sussexer
  • Motto We wunt be druv, is a Sussex dialect expression meaning 'we will not be pushed around' and reflects the traditionally independent nature of Sussex men and women.
  • The flag of Sussex consists of six gold martlets, or heraldic swallows, on a blue background, blazoned as Azure, six martlets or. Officially recognised by the Flag Institute on 20 May 2011, its design is based on the heraldic shield of Sussex that first appeared in an atlas by John Speed in 1622. The significance of the six martlets may be to represent the traditional six sub-divisions of the county known as rapes. It may also be a canting reference to the title of the historic leading Sussex family, the Earls of Arundel, seated at Arundel Castle in the county, as the French for swallow is hirondelle.
  • Anthem - Sussex by the Sea is regarded as the unofficial anthem of Sussex; it was composed by William Ward-Higgs in 1907, perhaps originally from the lyrics of Rudyard Kipling's poem entitled Sussex. Adopted by the Royal Sussex Regiment and popularised in World War I, it is sung at celebrations across the county, including those at Lewes Bonfire, and at sports matches, including those of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and Sussex County Cricket Club.
  • The county day, called Sussex Day, is celebrated on 16 June, the same day as the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, Sussex's patron saint, whose shrine at Chichester Cathedral was an important place of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.
  • Famous For
  • South Downs
  • Romney Marshes (although mainly Kent)
  • Brighton Pavilion
  • Sussex delicacies - "seven good things of Sussex"
  • Pulborough eel,
  • Selsey cockle,
  • Chichester lobster,
  • Rye herring,
  • Arundel mullet,
  • Amberley trout
  • Bourne wheatear.
  • Sussex is also known for
  • Ashdown Partridge Pudding,
  • Chiddingly Hot pot,
  • Sussex Bacon Pudding,
  • Sussex Hogs' Pudding,
  • Huffed Chicken,
  • Sussex Churdles,
  • Sussex Shepherds Pie,
  • Sussex Pond Pudding,
  • Sussex Blanket Pudding,
  • Sussex Well Pudding,
  • Chichester Pudding.
  • Sussex is also known for its cakes and biscuits known as Sussex Plum Heavies and Sussex Lardy Johns, while banoffee pie was first created in 1972 in Jevington. - The Hungry Monk Restaurant.
  • Vineyards - 18th century beer brewers, Harveys of Lewes as well as many more recently established breweries are found in Sussex. In recent decades Sussex wines have gained international acclaim winning awards including the 2006 Best Sparkling Wine in the World at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Many vineyards make wines using traditional Champagne varieties and methods, and there are similarities between the topography and chalk and clay soils of Sussex downland and that of the Champagne region which lies on a latitude 100 miles (161 km) to the south.

Sussex is in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. Clockwise, it is bounded to the west by Hampshire; north by Surrey, north-east by Kent, south by the English Channel and is divided for local government into West Sussex and East Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. Brighton and Hove was created as a unitary authority in 1997, and was granted City status in 2000. Until then, Chichester had been Sussex's only city.

The name 'Sussex' derives from the Kingdom of Sussex, founded by Ælle of Sussex in 477 AD, which in 825 was absorbed into the kingdom of Wessex and the later kingdom of England. The region's roots go back further to the location of some of Europe's earliest hominid finds at Boxgrove. Sussex has been a key location for England's major invasions, including the Roman invasion of Britain and the Battle of Hastings.

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Please do not add the profiles off all your Sussex born ancestors to this project or the People connected to Sussex. Rather add the earliest know person of a Sussex family to the Sussex - Family Heads project.

Parish Map

// from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

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Places in Sussex

  • A list of parishes with links to more information can be seen at
  • Towns and Villages