The parish of Rudgwick takes in six adjoining settlements: these are Bucks Green, Cox Green, Rowhook, The Haven, Tismans Common and Rudgwick itself.
Although there is a large amount of new housing in the village now, Rudgwick also has many lovely and interesting old houses, many of which are timber framed buildings. There is plenty worth preserving in Rudgwick, so much so that the village has an active preservation society.
Rudgwick PreservationAs well as ensuring that the fine buildings in the village are well looked after, the Rudgwick Preservation Society has also helped ensure that the history of the area has been well researched and is kept alive.
Rudgwick History in 30 secondsAlthough the area around Rudgwick is obviously very rural, that does not mean that it is has not been the host to important industrial activity in the past.
The natural resources around Rudgwick have meant that, at different times, the iron industry and brick making industry have both flourished here and there is still a brickworks in the village.
The village used to have its own railway station on the line from Horsham to Cranleigh, but since that closed in 1965, the railway line has been turned into a fine space for walkers, riders and mountain bikers to enjoy.
Rudgwick also has its place in the history of paleontology - and therefore Rudgwick has a small place the history of life itself. The species Polacanthus rudgwickensis is named after a specimen discovered in the Rudgwick Brickworks - the fossil fragments are now in the care of the Horsham District Museum.
If you are curious, the Rudgwick dinosaur was a heavily armoured herbivore about 4 metres long which lived around 125 million years ago.
Rudgwick ChurchesRudgwick has two churches: the Church of Holy Trinity is an Anglican church while Rudgwick Chapel is an evangelical church.
The church of Holy Trinity has an unusual marble font which contains fossilised shells.
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