Sussex Downland Villages
Think of a typical English village and these historic Sussex Downland Villages will match the dream. Quaint old buildings, narrow streets and ancient churches, tiny cottages with low front doors and classic cottage gardens ...
Visit the village of Ditchling, just six miles north of Brighton, on the Sussex coast, and you'll find a vibrant community who cherish their village and all that village life offers.
Conveniently located close to the main London to Brighton railway line, (nearest stop is Hassocks, a mile or so to the west), the Sussex Downland Village of Ditchling is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
Today, it has a thriving village store and delicatessen - 'Chestertons', a Museum, a flourishing Post Office run by a local family, two great pubs, 'The Bull' and 'The White Horse'; a Silversmiths which dates back to the period when Eric Gill lived and worked in the community on Ditchling Common; a tea-shop, 'Dolly's Pantry', an Equestrian shop, a newsagent, Health Centre and Pharmacist, an Antiques shop and a wonderful cluster of craft workshops known as 'Dumbrells'. There are also some great Farm shops on the edge of the village selling fresh and free-range products - some organic. The village school is oversubscribed and the list of village clubs and societies long enough to accommodate most tastes.
Nearby are the West Sussex villages of Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint, which also have flourishing communities. Hurstpierpoint is a delightful place to visit with a busy High Street. Here you will find a bookshop, a sought-after Fish Mongers, a Butchers, Bakers, and various Antique and Craft shops.Hurstpierpoint is considerably larger than Ditchling and apart from its village school and health centre, it also has a library.
Hassocks is the hub for the local communities. Its flourishing monthly Farmers' Market supplements the full range of shops, including a medium sized supermarket, a bakers, butchers and a delicatessen; there are also a couple of newsagents, Post Office, and an Aladin's cave of a store known as 'Hassocks Hardware'. From the station you can take the train to just about anywhere - Brighton is 10 minutes away , Gatwick 20 minutes and London an hour. Links at Haywards Heath and Brighton take you further into East Sussex and to Eastbourne, or west to Southampton and beyond.
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