Introducing Sullington

Sullington Photo © Simon Carey (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Sullington is a small village that lies between Horsham and the Worthing coastline. It is just west of the A24, in the heart of rural West Sussex.

Known for its elegant beauty and quiet landscapes, the small village neighbours the slightly busier Storrington. And it offers a calmer spot while remaining close to Sussex community life. It’s one of the few places where you can access the top of the South Downs by car. Since it has a track leading to a small car park and incredible views at Harrow Hill.

Churchyard, Sullington Photo © Shazz (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Sullington Manor Farm Photo © Dave Spicer (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Key landmarks of Sullington

Sullington Warren is one of the most important ecological areas in the southeast, with 60 acres of sandy National Trust land that provides a habitat for a bountiful mix of birdlife, such as the woodpecker, pipit and yellowhammer. Walkers can also spot the prehistoric barrows formed by Neolithic people many centuries ago.

St Mary’s church was mostly built in the 13th century but also has remnants of Saxon work. Inside the building there is a somewhat worn carving of a crusader, which is said to have inspired AJ Cronin to write his novel: ‘A Thing of Beauty.’ The novelist lived in the village’s rectory before the Second World War.

The village’s ‘white windmill’ was destroyed by fire in 1911, but its stump remains to be seen today.

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