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Living in Newhaven: The Local Area Guide
Newhaven is in the county of East Sussex, and is a port and small town. It can be found at the meeting point of the River Ouse and the English Channel.
Habitation in the area dates as far back as the Bronze Age, and this is indicated by the centuries-old fort that is located on Castle Hill, just outside the town. Throughout the Anglo Saxon period and Middle Ages, Newhaven was mainly a small fishing village and harbour. It was massively transformed following the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of the railway. For the decades succeeding the 1840s, private railway companies constructed wharfs and invested heavily in the development of the harbour. Following these developments, ferries were able to regularly travel across the Channel. Newhaven was also vital in ensuring the transport of troops and equipment in both the First and Second World Wars.
A tragic shipwreck just off the coast of Newhaven led to the town being the site of construction for one of Britain’s first lifeboats in 1803, over twenty years prior to the formation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
Newhaven has a historic connection to the military, with the army constructing Newhaven Fort in the 19th Century as a defense measure against the increasing strength of the French Navy. The fort now serves as a museum for tourists and visitors to marvel at the largest defence work to have been built in Sussex.
Newhaven's population of 12,232 people is relatively affluent. Unemployment rates are low, with just 2% of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (compared to 3.3% of the country as a whole), and only 10.9% receiving benefits of any kind. The social grade is determined by the occupation of the household’s main earner, and Newhaven’s residents have shown to belong to a higher social grade. More than a quarter of households in the area belong to the highest grade (AB), and only 40% of the households are in the lower two grades – significantly less than the percentage of people in the lower grades in the rest of England. This is likely related to the above average levels of educational attainment in Newhaven. Only 21.5% have achieved no formal qualifications, whilst 29.4% have achieved Level 4 qualifications or higher.
Newhaven also has above average rates of home ownership. Nearly 40% of homes are owner occupied outright with no mortgage, and a further 33% are owned with a mortgage. Therefore, home ownership is around 10% higher than the rest of the country. Only 13.2% of households are privately rented.
Demographically speaking, the town has a higher than average mean age of 43.7, whereas the national mean age is 39.3.19% of Newhaven’s population are over the age of 65, 59% are of working age and 22% are children age 15 or younger.
There are four primary schools in Newhaven: Newhaven Academy, Denton Community Primary School, Meeching Valley and Harbour Primary School.
These feed into two secondary schools. One of these is Seahaven Academy, an academically focused school that takes pupils aged from 11 to 16. The other is UTC@Harbourside, a technical school that focuses on maritime-related qualifications for students ages 14 to 18.
Newhaven has two railway stations operating on the Seaford Branch Line - Newhaven Harbour and Newhaven Town. The Marine railway station no longer operates.
When driving, the A26 provides all major connections and runs north and east towards Maidstone in Kent, linking with other major artery roads and motorways.
Amenities and shopping
Newhaven has a small selection of local shops including some quirky vintage clothing shops and charity stores, book shops, music shops and clothing retailers. It also has some good pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Whilst not blessed with an abundance of high fashion and big-name brands, those on offer tend to have a lot of character. If in need of bigger shops, Brighton can be reached via a short drive or train ride to one side, and Eastbourne to the other.
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