West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering
East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. The
county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th
century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it
remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into
force of the Local Government Act 1972. At the same time the Mid
Sussex region (including Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East
Grinstead) was transferred from East Sussex.