Hurstpierpoint is 4 miles south west of Burgess Hill and is in the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex. Together with Sayers Commons the village forms one of the Mid Sussex parishes and has a population of over 6,000 people.
The village’s name comes from ‘Hurst’, the Saxon name for a wood, and ‘Pierpoint’ after the Pierpoint family who arrived with William the Conqueror in 1066.
Holy Trinity church, with its 130 ft spire, dominates the surrounding countryside and was designed by Sir Charles Barry, the architect of the Houses of Parliament.
The St Lawrence fair, which was granted a royal charter in 1313, takes place in the village every July.
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Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert attended a blessing of new buildings at St Lawrence CE School in Hurstpierpoint by the Bishop of Chichester on Thursday (4 June).