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What Is Life Like In Pulborough?
Pulborough is an ideal setting for people looking for a peaceful and warm community with easy access to both major cities and rural landscapes. Situated in the Horsham District of West Sussex, Pulborough is a large village with plenty of character. Its community of roughly 5,000 people is known for being welcoming and family-friendly. It attracts many retirees for its relaxed pace of life and rural setting. It also has a commuter reputation bolstered by a convenient rail link which allows workers to be in London within 1.5 hours.
One of the larger villages in the county, Pulborough is often grouped together with smaller neighbouring villages, especially when referring to local housing. West Chiltington is a very aspirational area with high demand for detached houses and bungalows; Fittleworth, Coldwaltham and Petworth are also popular. The Glebelands development is another desirable location, as is the Homare development in nearby Storrington.
Pulborough has a mix of historic buildings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries (over 100 listed buildings in total), as well as much more recent developments from the 60s, 70s and 80s. This means the village has a variety of architectural styles and materials in close proximity. All developments have factored in the countryside location, however, and have maintained the open, airy feel of the area with minimal impact on views and public pathways.
History Of Pulborough
Pulborough’s history spans the Roman, Norman and Medieval periods. The village is located on the ancient Roman Road, Stane Street, highlighting the importance of the Roman period to the village’s development. Starting around 34 AD, the area was the largest Roman settlement in Sussex, earning a mention in the Domesday Book. The village was used as an agricultural and military gathering point due to its easy access to food and water. The population has remained steady for many years, only increasing significantly after 1900. After WWII, housing and commercial developments increased, giving Pulborough its ‘big town in a small village’ vibe.
Nature Days Out In Pulborough
Days out in the Pulborough area are centred on nature, family and history.
RSPB Pulborough Brooks is a nature reserve within Britain’s newest national park, the South Downs National Park. The reserve boasts several different habitats, including wetlands, woodland, and heathland, making it home to a diverse range of wildlife. In particular, the River Arun’s winter flooding of the Arun Valley gives life to a mass of ducks, geese and swans, creating a stunning annual spectacle. Well-maintained nature trails, a café serving delicious food and a year-round Visitor’s Centre make the reserve a hassle-free and beautiful family destination.
Open to the public from April to October, Parham House and Gardens is another great attraction. It comprises a restored Elizabethan house with an impressive art collection and a four acre walled garden. The grounds host several annual festivals, including the Sussex Game and Country Fair, and the Parham Harvest Fair. Two local vineyards – Nutbourne Vineyards and Stopham Vinyeards – produce excellent wines and offer tours and tastings.
Another nearby attraction is Bignor Roman Villa, one of the largest and best-preserved in Great Britain. The villa showcases the area’s rich history and is also a visual feast – you can view some awe-inspiring Roman mosaic pavements with detailed scenes of gladiators and Roman gods. For something even more kid-friendly, visit the volunteer-run South Downs Railway that runs from March to September. It provides a fun trip through the county’s countryside and also hosts themed seasonal events, including a Santa train.
Activities In Pulborough
It may be a village but Pulborough certainly doesn’t lack things to do.
The popular Angling Society runs regular training for discerning fisherman and does waterside conservation work. Pulborough Cricket Club is also very active and competes with other teams across the county. If the weather is nice, you can take a leisurely walk across the Brooks to Wiggonholt, which is perfect for picnics. Great local restaurants include The White Lion Inn, The White Hart, The Banyan Tree, The Crown Inn and So India.
For something a bit quirkier, The British Lawn Mower Racing Association, which was created locally in 1973, has an annual racing event, which is unique to the area.
Schools In Pulborough
The wider civil parish of Pulborough has several excellent schools and educational facilities.
Pre-schools, nurseries and primary schools include:
- St Mary's Church of England Primary School
- Storrington First School
- West Chiltington Community First School
- Fittleworth Church of England First School
- Bury Church of England Primary School
- St James’ Church of England Primary School
- Pulborough Village Pre-school
- Fittleworth Playgroup
- Chuckleberries Pre-school
- Little Bears Pre-school
- Garden Cottage Nursery
- Cootham Nursery
Preparatory schools include:
- Windlesham House School
- Dorset House School
Secondary schools include:
- The Weald School
- Steyning Grammar School
Transport In Pulborough
The village is connected to nearby towns and major cities via a strong transport network.
Pulborough rail station runs regular Southern Railway services to London Victoria. Travel time is just under 1.5 hours and most commuters are able to get a seat even during peak times, a perk usually unavailable from stops further up the line. The station also runs other north-bound services to Horsham, Crawley and Croydon and south-bound services to Amberley, Arundel, Ford, Barnham and Chichester.
Buses and coaches
Compass Bus, Stagecoach and AMK Chauffeur Drive all provide bus services to Pulborough. Regular services run on most days (except Sundays) to Chichester, Ashington, Billingshurst, Horsham and Worthing. The West Sussex Community Minibus service also provides door to door service and can be booked for individual or group use.
Gatwick Airport is the nearest international airport, and is accessible by car in 50 minutes or direct by rail from Pulborough Station in approximately 20 minutes. Luton Airport is further away but also accessible by changing trains at East Croydon Station. Brighton City Airport is 40 minutes away via the A283.
Pulborough is connected to London via the A3 and A283, Horsham via A24 and A29, Surrey via the A281 and A283, and Brighton via the A282 and the A23.