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About Findon Valley

Everything you need to know about the history of Findon Valley

Findon Valley is a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England. It lies on the A24 road 2.9 miles (4.7 km) north of the town centre.

The settlement of Findon Valley is named after the dry valley through the South Downs on which it lies. Like other dry downland valleys, Findon Valley was created during the last ice age when chalk that was being frozen prevented water from seeping downwards through the chalk. In summer, streams of melting ice would flow down off the Weald across the Downs, creating the dry valleys such as Findon Valley.

The settlement of Findon Valley is bordered to the west and east by land in the South Downs National Park. To the west, it is bordered by parkland and downland known as ‘the Gallops’ and to the east by the steep slopes of Mount Carvey and the prehistoric site of Cissbury. It is separated from the village of Findon by a strategic gap – also part of the South Downs National Park. Findon Valley was built from the 1930s to 1950s, with its library having been built in 1958. It is also home to the Vale School, All Saints Parish Church, Findon Valley Free Church and a parade of shops.

View over Findon Valley

Notable former residents of Findon Valley include the composer Charles Williams. Also, Rose Setten, winner in 2004 of BBC Young Choirgirl of the Year, was formerly head chorister of All Saints Church.

Today there are around 1850 households living in the valley, from all walks of life, with King’s Parade as its ‘hub’ where you will find many shops, businesses and eateries. Within a few minutes’ walk from the parade there is also a library, doctors’ surgery, primary school and two churches.

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