Believe it or not, Sussex has some of the oldest human settlement remains in the world and skeletal fragments of early homonids showed that our early ancestors had settled there some 500,000 years ago!

Tools dating back some 35,000 years have also been found at an area called The Beedings. In fact, scientists believe that early hunters were spoiled for choice in hunting woolly mammoth, wild horses, bison and other early mammals.

The ice sheets melted after the Ice Age and so, the early people of Great Britain came to be. They were largely left to their own devices, but flint tools mined from the area were found as far away as the Eastern Mediterranean.

The area continued to prosper in the Bronze and Iron ages, with a abundance of natural resources that facilitated the production of tools, weapons and armour. Ancient Britons fought among themselves for centuries, but the South was largely spared by the Viking invasions

Rome invaded and many scholars believe that the landing place of her armies in AD43 was in Fishbourne and Chichester Harbour.

In fact, Fishbourne was the site of the most opulent Roman Villa in Northern Europe, but the only ones that were bigger being south of the Alps. The Romans brought Christianity to Great Britain, but its people turned back to pagan beliefs when the last troops left in the fifth century.

Sussex was also the site of the Battle of Hastings where William of Normandy defeated Harold Godwinson and conquered Britain. During the Battle of Britain in World War II, the skies over the county were often blacked out by the fierce dogfights that raged overhead.

Post war, Sussex settled into the fishing industry and later became a seaside holiday resort that is still popular with locals and visitors from overseas alike.