The ‘New’ County of East Sussex was ‘created’ when Sussex was divided into two parts. The original County Hall in Chichester was retained as County Hall for West Sussex and a new County Hall was built in a rather splendid location at the top of Lewes High Street.
On the south coast of England, it could be said that East Sussex was where our modern history began – When William the Conqueror arrived from Normandy in 1066 he landed on the East Sussex coast and from this point proceeded to bring ‘civilisation’ to the country.
East Sussex extends along the south east coast England from Rye in the east to Brighton in the west. Inland it seems to wander aimlessly from a point on the coast between Rye and Dungeness up towards Tunbridge Wells then over to not quite East Grinstead. Once it has missed East Grinstead it heads for Brighton carefully missing all the largish towns on the way, almost as if ‘townies’ couldn’t be trusted to live in a ‘new’ county!
The administrative centre of East Sussex is Lewes, now famous, along with Uckfield, for being flooded in rather spectacular fashion in the autumn of 2000.