Lancing in West Sussex, is part of the Adur district, and one of the largest villages throughout all of England, with a total area of 946.4 hectares. The last census of Lancing took place in 2002, when the population had reached about 19,000.
It is found on the western edges of the Adur Valley, and is cantered between Shoreham by Sea to the east, Sompting to the west, and Coombes parish on the north.
The village of Lancing is a mix of chalk landscape, with the South Downs located in portions of Lancing, and urban dwelling along the coastal lines. It is also a historical village, with non religions buildings that date well back into the 1500’s.
During the middle of the 19th century Lancing was popular as a seaside resort location for the gentry, due to is atmosphere of seclusion, although today there is not much of the old tourist resort area left, although many small guest houses are still in existence along the A259 road.
In the southern portion of Lancing there is still a brackish lagoon known as Widewater, and a shingle beach that has clean sand. To the North of Lancing there is a nature reserve known as the Lancing Ring, which is part of the area designated in the Downs as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lancing Ring will also be included in the future South Downs National Park.
Farther north of the Lancing Ring is the Lancing College farm, which is a large agricultural facility. To the east of Lancing is the Shoreham Airport which is the oldest operating airport in the UK and the world, although it is only open on a private and not commercial basis today.
The Northern boundary of Lancing is the village of Coombes and the Ladywell Stream. The Ladywell Stream is a small tributary of the River Adur which runs by Lancing College and throughout the South Downs.
Today most of the land in Lancing is housing areas, although in the past it was owned by market gardening businesses, which grew flowers or fruit for London’s Covent Garden, Brighton and the South East.
Lancing railway station opened in 1849, and is now part of the West Coastway Line. The largest population boom in the history of Lancing was after World War II, creating the suburban area that people recognise today.
Prominent landmarks in the area include the Shoreham Airport and the Shoreham Toll Bridge, which is the last toll bridge that in Sussex and is today a Grade II listed structure. It can be seen to the east of Lancing parish, and crosses over the River Adur into Shoreham.