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The Local Area Guide to Living in Small Dole

The idyllic village of Small Dole is situated in the Horsham District of West Sussex and lies two miles south of the historic village of Henfield. In the 1970s, the Church of England altered Small Dole’s parish boundaries and shifted the village from the parish of Upper Beeding to the parish of Henfield. There’s a pleasant atmosphere throughout the community and the village’s rural location makes it an ideal place for those who desire a peaceful way of life.

Small Dole’s close proximity to the civil parish of Henfield means local residents and visitors can explore the history of Henfield and the neighbouring villages at the Henfield Museum. There’s an exciting array of items exhibited at the museum from fossils and flints, to Medieval, Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian artefacts. Colonel Henry Bishop, who invented the first postmark, is also buried in the local Henfield church cemetery.

Information About the Local Residents

Small Dole’s population currently stands at 796 people, according to the data collected by the 2011 census. Based on data taken from the Horsham area, just over 66% of residents are in the higher two social grades, AB and C1. This could be as a result of their high qualification levels, which stand at 32.6% for residents with a Level 4 qualification.

The area also has a high percentage of property ownership, either outright or with a mortgage, with 74.5% of people owning a property. This is over 10% more than that of England as a whole. The mean age within this area is 42.1 and the median age is 44, which is slightly higher than that of England’s mean of 39.3 and median of 39. 50.57% of residents also rated their health as ‘very good.’

Nearby Schools

While there are no schools in Small Dole, there are a number in the surrounding area. For 4 to 11-year-old children, there is the Ashurst Church of England Primary School. This school was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and is a short 15-minute drive away. It offers a happy, safe and friendly environment for pupils. There is also a primary school in Brighton by the name of Brackenbury Primary School, which is a 15-minute drive away and was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

For secondary school education, there is an independent school, Lancing College, which takes pupils aged 13 to 18. This was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. King’s school in Brighton is a free school, rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and takes pupils 11 to 19. There are also two ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ special needs schools just a short journey away.

Getting Around

The 100 bus service offers frequent services to local areas such as, Burgess Hill, Henfield, Steyning and Horsham, among others. There is also a 17 bus service in nearby Henfield, which takes you to Brighton in around 30 minutes.

There is no train station in Small Dole, but Burgess Hill Station is a short commute away by car or bus. From here, there are direct trains to London Victoria. There are handy road links for drivers too. Henfield is 33 miles south of London, 12 miles northwest of Brighton and 30 miles northeast of Chichester.

Local Shops

As to be expected of a small village, there are not many places to go shopping, however there’s a local Londis in the village for the everyday essentials. There is also a bakery, vehicle garage, local pub and a Post Office.

Meanwhile, a short commute away in Henfield is a Budgens supermarket, perfect for the weekly shop. Henfield also has a coffee shop and a bridal shop. Just outside of Henfield is a combined farm shop and garden centre to explore. For more variety and high street stores, you can always take a trip to Brighton, which is only a 30-minute commute by car or bus.

Sources: 2011 Census, Department of Work and Pensions

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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