Living in Findon
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What Is Life Like In Findon?
Findon is a quintessential English village. Located just north of Worthing in West Sussex and with a population of roughly 2,000, this village is a close-knit and welcoming community. Its location on the South Downs makes it attractive to people looking for a rural retreat, while its proximity to Brighton and other cities makes it appealing to commuters.
Housing in Findon has developed gradually, with semidetached villas being built in the early 20th century, council houses and private estates in the south-west coming in the 20s and 30s, and then the rapid housing growth in the 50s and 60s after the sale of some large farm estates. The developments have always been done tastefully, blending in with the village’s historic buildings and character through the retention of old trees, hedges, banks, and walls.
There are many desirable housing areas in and around Findon Village. The east side of Findon Valley, including the village and its neighbours Long Meadow and Shepherds Mead, is a popular area. To the south of the village, High Salvington and Durrington are also popular residential neighbourhoods.
History Of Findon
Findon has a long history dating back to medieval times. It was settled by the Romans and remained a remote farming area for a long time. In the Domesday Book of 1086, ‘Findune’ as it was spelled, is mentioned as being one of the manors owned by William de Braose of Bramber Castle. At that time, the village had 58 inhabitants, and salt extraction from the local saltpans was one of the major industries. In later centuries, the village remained important in the area as an agricultural and livestock hub, as well as a training ground for race horses.
With its close proximity to Worthing and its position near a main road, Findon developed more rapidly than other small villages nearby. The village acquired public services earlier than most of its neighbours – gas in1926, water in 1928 and electricity in 1938. The village hall was built in 1933, housing a library and being a meeting place for many local groups. Important Findon families include the Margessons, the Thynnes, and the Wyatts, who helped to finance many of the village’s public developments.
Days Out In Findon
One of the main events on the Findon social calendar is the annual Findon Sheep Fair. Held every September, the fair dates back to 1261and attracts hundreds of people to view the sheep judging and sheep parade, as well as the traditional fair activities.
Cissbury Ring, to the north of the village, makes a great day trip. Set atop a hill, it is a Neolithic flint mine and an Iron Age fort that offers spectacular views; you can see the Isle of Wight from the summit. It is maintained by the National Trust and has lots of wildlife to see. For even more wildlife and nature, take a long walk through the charming countryside which surrounds the village. The South Downs is an excellent walking location and the area around Cissbury Ring has some of the best butterfly viewing in Sussex.
Horse racing is also popular in Findon, with the village being home to several winning trainers and jockeys, dating back from the early 1900s all the way to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where one of the village’s own won a bronze medal. There are riding clubs where visitors can take tours and partake in lessons.
What Is Happening In Findon
Findon is a small village, so its commercial scene is limited. However, the restaurants and shops in the village offer quality products and services. The village has five pubs, including The Gun Inn and The Village Horse that can both be found in the village centre serving real ales and hearty meals. Just outside the village centre is The Black Horse, which has outdoor seating, and The Snooty Fox, part of the Findon Manor Hotel. The village also has two restaurants: Tajdar, which serves up Indian cuisine, and Sylvan Oak, which uses local produce to create a fine dining menu.
Findon has a post office and newsagents, a butcher’s shop and the lovely Findon Garden Centre, with a restaurant, children’s play area and dozens of plant varieties to buy. Just south of Findon Village is King’s Parade, the wider Findon Valley’s commercial hub, with local businesses including hairdressers, locksmiths, florists and electricians. There is a Tesco’s, as well as the Linga Longa Café and the Valley Fish Bar serving up delicious food.
Being a tight-knit community, Findon has no shortage of local clubs and groups. Residents have organised bridge clubs, theatre troupes, singing groups, gardening associations, children’s play groups and sports clubs. There are also volunteer groups catering to the deaf, the blind, the disabled and those with Alzheimer’s.
Schools In Findon
Findon Village and the surrounding valley have several excellent schools.
Pre-schools, nurseries and primary include:
- St John Baptist Primary School
- All Saints Preschool
Middle Schools include:
- Vale First & Middle School
- Windlesham House School
Findon does not have its own secondary school, but nearby options in Worthing include:
- Worthing High School
- Durrington High School
Transport In Findon
For a small rural village, Findon is well-connected to other towns and major cities.
Findon does not have its own rail station, but Worthing rail station is only a few miles away. Regular Southern Railway services run between London Victoria, Brighton and Worthing, with buses and taxis available outside the station.
Bus And Coaches
Two regular bus services serve Findon: Metrobus No. 23, which runs between Worthing and Crawley, and Stagecoach No.1, which runs between Worthing and Midhurst. Heritage Travel and Compass offer less frequent services as well, to Horsham, Worthing, Steyning, Billingshurst and Shoreham-By-Sea.
Gatwick Airport is the nearest international airport, about 30 miles away and accessible by train, the A24 and M23. Brighton City Airport is the nearest municipal airport, nine miles away and accessible by the A24 , A27 and A283.
The A24 provides access to Horsham (30 minutes), Surrey (one hour) and London (two hours). The A27 and A283 provide access to Brighton (45 minutes) and Chichester (30 minutes).