Living in Ashington
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What Is Life Like In Ashington?
Ashington is a charming village in the heart of West Sussex, close to Horsham and the seaside at Worthing. Thanks to its long history, Ashington has something for everyone, from local shops to bars, restaurants and a number of attractions.
Ashington has an innate ability to draw people together. With a population of only 2,500 it has a 'country village' feel. The village also sets out to encourage, nurture and help people to work together for the benefit of the whole community, forming a solid foundation from which the community can develop.
History Of Ashington
Ashington's history is a long one, going as far back as the late Bronze Age. It was mentioned in the Doomsday book under the name Essingetune. More recent history revolves around agriculture. In 1801, the village's population was small with 173 residents and 28 houses. This gradually grew to 41 houses over the next twenty years.
A year later, a toll road was implemented across the common, as well as a regular stagecoach service from London to Worthing, stopping at Ashington. When the Southern Railway opened in 1848, the train journey from London and Worthing became faster. The Ashington bypass, first proposed in 1939, was completed in 1995, making the town more accessible.
Days Out In Ashington
Ashington may be a small village, but that doesn’t mean it lacks things to do. Such is the standard of living in the area that Ashington was the first winner in West Sussex of the Calor / Defra sponsored "Building Community Life Competition" in 2005. Ashington won two regional categories (Business and Community Life) in the Calor Village of the Year competition in 2001 and was the 2003 overall Southern region winner.
There are regular Horsham Health and Leisure Walks that take enthusiastic trekkers through farm lands, country lanes and the South Downs. Then there is the popular Ashington Festival. First started in 1997, it combined two existing festivals – Fun Day and the Flower Show – into one exciting event. Now in its 19th year, it has grown to include large carnival acts, craft stalls, sideshows and the Harris Funfair.
Things To Do In Ashington
Ashington has the high street favourite The Co-Operative as its main supermarket. Alongside the more high profile names are smaller retailers such as Wiston Granary, Pudding Fairy, Wolves Antiques, ECM Electronics and Ashington Pharmacy.
Unsurprisingly, Ashington is home to a number of wonderful garden centres and florists – including Squires Garden Centre, Nell's Flowers and Cutting Edge. There are also numerous vehicle stores such as Monza Sports Tuning, Ashington Automobile Company, Sussex Caravan Centre and South Downs Bikes.
Schools In Ashington
Ashington has numerous schools in and around the local area.
- Browns Lane Pre-school
- Carousel Pre-school
- Cootham Pre-school
- Garden Cottage Nursery
- Little Windlesham Pre-prep
- Pulborough Village Pre-school
- Sullington Pre-school
- Thakeham Pre-school
- West Chiltington Montessori Nursery
- West Chiltington Pre-school
Primary schools include:
- Ashington Cofe First School
- Bury Cofe First School
- Fittleworth Cofe First School
- St Mary's Church of England Primary School
- St Mary's Cofe First School
- Storrington First School
- Thakeham First School
- West Chiltington Community First School
Secondary schools include:
- The Rydon Community College
Independent schools include:
- Ashton Park School
- Dorset House School
- Windlesham House School
Transport In Ashington
Ashington has a number of transport links, connecting it to larger towns and cities.
Ashington does not have its own train station. Instead it is served by its nearest train station, Portslade railway station. Portslade to London journey times are under an hour and a half. Brighton is around 15 minutes away by train from Portslade.
Bus And Coaches
Bus route 23 is operated by Metrobus and links the village to Worthing, Horsham and Crawley.
Ashington’s nearest main road is the A24, followed by London Road and Billingshurst Road.