The ancient kingdom of Sussex had separate county administrations since the 12th century, with the county town of the eastern division being Lewes . This situation was formalised by Parliament in 1865, and the two parts were given distinct elected county councils in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888.
In East Sussex there were three self-administered county boroughs: Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. In 1974 the East Sussex was made a ceremonial county also, and the three county boroughs became districts within the county. At the same time the western boundary was altered, so that the Mid Sussex region (including Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath) was transferred to the administrative county of West Sussex. In 1997, Brighton & Hove became a self-administered unitary authority and was eventually granted city status in 2000.
The South Downs, a range of moderate chalk hills, run across the southern part of the county from west to east. The northern part of the county is dominated by the High Weald, and in between runs the valley of the River Rother (also known as the River Limen). The highest point in the county is Ditchling Beacon, at 248m/814ft. It is also a Marilyn.
Towns and villages
Note that the website Villagenet contains details (including historical) of 240 villages in East Sussex, including some that are noted below.
Places of interest
East Sussex coat of arms
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