West Grinstead

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West Grinstead
West Grinstead is located in West Sussex
West Grinstead
West Grinstead
 West Grinstead shown within West Sussex
Area  25.84 km2 (9.98 sq mi) [1]
Population 2,934 [1] 2001 Census
   – density  114/km2 (300/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ171207
   – London  38 miles (61 km) NNE 
Civil parish West Grinstead
District Horsham
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HORSHAM
Postcode district RH13
Dialling code 01403
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Arundel and South Downs
Website www.WGPublications.com
List of places
West Sussex

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West Grinstead is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. It lies just off the B2135 road four miles (6.3 km) northwest from Henfield.It is within the ancient division of the Rape of Bramber

The western River Adur flows through the village.

The parish of West Grinstead covers an area of 2584 hectares (6382 acres)and consists of the villages of West Grinstead, Littleworth, Partridge Green and Dial Post. In the 2001 census 2934 people lived in 1099 households, of whom 1547 were economically active.

The village should not be confused with the much larger town of East Grinstead which lies 17.5 miles (28 km) to the north-east.


Belloc Family Grave

The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation dates from 1876 and is the Roman Catholic parish church. It is an important centre of Catholic pilgrimage in England. Two notable figures are buried in its grounds: Anglo-French writer and poet Hilaire Belloc (friend of fellow Catholic, G. K. Chesterton)[2] and English writer Antonia White.[citation needed]

St George's Church was first built circa 1100 AD and is the Anglican place of worship, and the Church of England parish church.


The modern Knepp Castle

Knepp Castle is located to the west of the village near the A24. It was a motte and bailey castle and first built in the 12th century by William de Braose. In 1214 the castle was refortified with the addition of a stone keep on top of the motte. Some remains of the keep still stand.

The modern Knepp Castle nearby is a castellated mansion by John Nash.[3]


The Downs Link long distance path runs through the parish and can be used for walking or cycling.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  2. Catholic Shrine
  3. "Knepp Castle". Pastscape. Retrieved 2011-06-15.