New homes in Hassocks
Welcome to Hassocks
From country walks to family days out, rounds of golf and afternoons on the beach, there’s lots to see and do in and around the West Sussex village of Hassocks. If you want to live in a rural location within easy reach of Brighton and London, a new home in Hassocks could tick all the right boxes for you.
A quick history
The history of Hassocks dates back to the Stone Age when farmers settled on the South Downs. The area was later populated during the Bronze Age, while you can still see the remains of an Iron Age fort on Wolstonbury Hill.
In Roman times, Hassocks was located at a crossroads on the journey from London to the south coast. Up until the 19th century, Hassocks remained a very small settlement with just a handful of houses and a coaching house. When Hassocks Gate station was opened in 1841, the village began to grow, while wartime evacuations boosted the population even further. Today Hassocks is a vibrant village with a number of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Business and industry
Hassocks residents generally commute for work, with big employers including American Express and Lloyds Bank located nearby in Brighton, and Virgin Holidays in Crawley. The village is also within commuting distance of London, where major employers include HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline and Aviva.
Things to do in the area
If you love getting out and about in the great outdoors, there are lots of beautiful places to take a walk or cycle ride close to the village including the ancient Butchers Wood, and the vast countryside of the South Downs National Park. The village is also known for the Clayton Windmills, otherwise known as ‘Jack and Jill’. Jill Windmill is open to visitors on Sunday afternoons only.
Located close to Brighton, there are lots of great attractions nearby including the British Airways i360, Brighton Sea Life Centre, the pier and beach. If you want to go shopping, North Laine and The Lanes are home to a huge range of independent, designer and quirky vintage boutiques.
If you’re moving to Hassocks with young children, they’ll enjoy a visit to Washbrooks Family Farm, the Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve in Burgess Hill, Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway in Haywards Heath and Spring Barn Farm in Lewes.
For keen golfers, there are a number of courses near the village including Hassocks Golf Club, Mid Sussex Golf Club, Singing Hills Golf Course and Pyecombe Golf Club.
Travel and commuting
Hassocks is located on the A273 and has its own train station with regular services south to Brighton and north to London. The journey to Brighton takes less than 10 minutes by train or 20 minutes by car, while Crawley is 25 minutes away by car or 20 minutes away by train.
If you’re commuting to London, the journey takes just 55 minutes by train or one hour 30 minutes by car via the A23 and M23. Portsmouth is one hour five minutes away by car, while Dover can be reached in one hour 40 minutes via the M20.
For holidays and business trips abroad, London Gatwick Airport 25 minutes away by car or 15 minutes by train.