High Street, Steyning, West Sussex

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INTRODUCTION

Steyning's High Street runs from the junction of College Hill and Bramber Road in the south east to another junction with Mouse lane and Horsham Road to the north east. For much of the twentieth century it was the A283 until the construction of the by-pass in 1981.

Steyning's original medieval settlement was congregated around the church and ran along what is now Church Street. Sometime in the 12th or 13th century the focus of the town shifted towards what is now High Street the name applied to the road north of the junction with Church Street. Until the early 19th century the section south of the same junction was called Singwell Street. The crossroads became the main market area reflected in Sheep Pen Street (Schepenstrete in 1271) which remained the case until the 19th century when the livestock market was moved to a new facility next to the station. Steyning retained a local affluence throughout this period which can be seen in the number of Wealden houses built in the late medieval period many of which were refaced during another period of prosperity in the 18th century when large Georgian townhouses were added particularly at the southern end.

Steyning still retains an active High Street and retains its Post Office, two banks (A third, Lloyds closed in April 2016) and a number of independent retailers including a bookshop, hardware store, two butchers, a fishmonger and a greengrocer. The only chain shop, other than banks, is a small Co-Op. The small arcade known as Cobblestone Walk is often a starting point for a number independent retailers within the town. The High Street still retains three of the town's four pubs, the other is in Church Street, though they once numbered fourteen. With services being reduced in neighbouring Bramber and Upper Beeding, Steyning will remain a town of local importance and a focus point the rural area north of the Downs, despite the nearness of Shoreham, Worthing and Brighton.

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