St. Peter's Parish Church
|Area||16.09 km2 (6.21 sq mi) |
|Population||1,833 2001 Census|
1,936 (2011 Census)
|o Density||114/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|o London||31 miles (50 km) N|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Haywards Heath|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|Website||Ardingly Parish Council|
Ardingly ( AR-ding-lye) is an English village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex, England. The village is in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty about 33 miles (53 km) south of London and 33 miles (53 km) east-north-east of the county town of Chichester. The parish covers an area of 3,974 acres (1,608 ha). The 2011 Census recorded a population of 1,936 an increase from 1,833 in 2001.
There is mention of a place spelt as Ertlyngeleghe, in 1396, which may refer to Ardingly.
St Peter's parish church, towards the western end of the village, dates from the 14th century.
Kew's wild botanic garden, Wakehurst (previously known as Wakehurst Place) is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village. Ardingly Reservoir is about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the village. The Big-Upon-Little rock formation is close to a footpath between Ardingly and West Hoathly.
In June the South of England Agricultural Show early in the month and the London to Brighton cycle event (usually held on Father's Day) attract visitors from a wide area. The South of England Showground hosts regular antiques fairs, some of which have featured on the BBC Television game show Bargain Hunt.
Every four years an international Scout camp is held on the showground, attended by about 3,000 Scouts and Girl Guides from West Sussex and other areas at home and abroad. The most recent event, WS 2017, was held on 5-12 August 2017. The next WS event, 2021 is being planned for 7-14 August 2021.
At the southern edge of the village is Ardingly College, an independent school. The village also has a Church of England primary school, St. Peters CE Primary, with about 120 pupils. Most of the children of secondary-school age attend Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath.
Ardingly has a low-frequency bus service to the nearby towns of Haywards Heath and Crawley.
Ardingly railway station was opened 1 October 1864 by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. The Southern Railway electrified the line in the 1930s but British Railways closed the line and station to passenger trains in 1963. The goods yard and connection to the main line remain open as an ARC Aggregates terminal. The nearby Bluebell Railway owns the former trackbed between Ardingly and Horsted Keynes and has a long-term aspiration to re-open the line.