Rusper is a village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England. It lies 4.1 miles (6.6 km) north of the town of Horsham and 4.2 miles (6.8 km) west of Crawley. Rusper is the centre of Rusper Parish which covers most of the northern area between Horsham and Crawley. Rusper is governed by the Horsham District Council based in Horsham. The parish population at the 2001 census was 1,389 people.[1]

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Rusper - from the southeast.jpg
St Mary Magdalene's Church
Rusper is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area25.89 km2 (10.00 sq mi) [1]
Population1,389 [1] 2001 Census
• Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ205372
• London27 miles (43 km) NNE
Civil parish
  • Rusper
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHORSHAM
Postcode districtRH12
Dialling code01293
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
51°07′19″N 0°16′43″W / 51.12186°N 0.27869°W / 51.12186; -0.27869Coordinates: 51°07′19″N 0°16′43″W / 51.12186°N 0.27869°W / 51.12186; -0.27869

It has a range of local services (mainly located on the High Street) such as a village shop and post office, a residential care home, a park, a church, a recreational sports area consisting of a Football pitch and two Tennis courts (one with basketball hoops), a hotel, two pubs The Plough and The Star, a village hall, and Rusper Primary School, built in 1872.

Rusper is close to London Gatwick Airport, which is only five miles away. It is on the watershed between the River Arun to the west and the River Mole to the east, with predominantly weald clay soils.

Rusper Priory, a priory of Benedictine nuns, was established in the parish c.1200.

The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene is a Grade I listed building with a good medieval tower. Rusper is the eponymous village in Five Years Hell in a Country Parish by Reverend Edward Fitzgerald Synnott, Rector of the place, published in 1920. Plagued by endless gossip-mongering, anonymous and begging letters and outrage from the wealthier of his flock at his assertion that all men are equal in the sight of God, he was subject to a serious spiteful campaign and eventually sent for trial for misconduct. He was found not guilty on a charge of immorality by the Chichester Consistory Court in January 1920. He stayed there another thirteen years.[citation needed]

Ridge Farm Studio was a residential recording studio, from 1975 to 2003.


  1. ^ a b c "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2009.

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