The village of Steyning is a few miles inland from the south coast of England, about 10 miles north-west of Brighton.
The village lies on the edge of the South Downs, alongside the old flood plain of the River Adur, and at the southern edge of the Sussex Weald. From a total of 123 houses at the time of the Domesday Book, it now houses over 6000 inhabitants.
The name means 'built in stone', such as to describe the steyning around the top of a well or the foundations of a house. It reflects something of its history as a market town, and indicates that it has been a fixed landmark for many centuries.