History

The History of the Steyning Rifle Range goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the 18th Sussex Rifle Volunteers were established as a civilian fighting force to defend Sussex in the event of an invasion. It saw the development of firearms, from the first universally accepted rifle for the British army (the P53), to modern weaponry. The Rifle Range finally closed towards the end of the 1980s.

In January 2017, local historian Justin Russell produced a comprehensive and detailed report on the Rifle Range. The report covers the history of its development and catalogues the state of the remaining features of historical interest. It also proposes a list of measures to conserve these features. A PDF version of the report can be downloaded here.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining a new conservation team, which will be dedicated to conserving the historical features on the Rifle Range. Check back to this page where will have more information on this team as it develops.