West Grinstead shown within West Sussex
|Area||25.84 km2 (9.98 sq mi) |
|Population||2,934  2001 Census|
|– density||114/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||38 miles (61 km) NNE|
|Civil parish||West Grinstead|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Arundel and South Downs|
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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.
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) and English writer Antonia White.
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 Downs Link long distance path runs through the parish and can be used for walking or cycling.
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