The Romans introduced hens from Ardennes in Belgium which were mated with Old English Game birds. It was first recognised as a breed in the early 1900′s when the Sussex Poultry Club was founded. The Sussex was much sought after for the London meat market as it was a popular top class table bird. The main breeding of these birds was therefore centred around places like Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne, allowing a supply of eggs and meat to be delivered to London daily.
The Light Sussex is the most popular of all the Sussex varieties. It is thought their colour comes from Asiatic imports, e.g. Light Brahmas. The Light Sussex has a white body with black markings on the neck and tail. The modern broiler is a product of the Sussex and Indian Game.