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"Along with Chichester and Steyning, Horsham is perhaps the most attractive and historic town in West Sussex.

Horsham's early prosperity was as a market town. Although it was well positioned to benefit from the Wealden iron industry, Horsham was less influenced by iron making than many other Wealden towns like Cowfold, Lindfield or Heathfield.

From the middle ages Horsham seems to have become more important, returning MPs, holding Assizes, executions and having the country jail too.

The clay of the Weald also provided the natural resources for the next boost to Horsham's economy - brickmaking. Horsham stone was also much used for roofing and heavy Horsham slab roofing is one of the notable features of many old buildings in West Sussex.

Horsham was also known for its breweries. Although King and Barnes folded a while back, the tradition of brewing in Horsham is being kept alive by the Hepworth Brewery and WJ Kings Brewery.

The most distinguished historical building in Horsham, is St Mary's Church, which was inaugurated in the 12th century by the family of Bramber based William de Braose, who had the difficult job of keeping law and order for the Normans immediately after the Conquest.

The Causeway is also a magificent space, combining some fine listed buildings, one of which houses the excellent Horsham Museum

Horsham gives a sense of being well looked after and has done very well in Britain in Bloom competitions.

Horsham is a very prosperous place now with a population of around 50,000 and it was named the second best place to live in the UK in 2006. Mid Sussex was also named in the top 20 of the same statistically based analysis by the way." horsham-history.shtml

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Horsham, Sussex, England


Horsham, Sussex, England


Horsham, Sussex, England


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1525 - Five brewers in Horsham.
1532 - First Horsham Grammar School founded.
1560 - Horsham Suffered Plague.
1574 - Horsham Suffered Plague.
1608-09 - Horsham Suffered Plague.
1659 - Horsham Suffered small pox.
1735 - Last ever man to be pressed died in Horsham.
1755 - Horsham connected to London by road.
1791 - First bank in Horsham founded.
1834 - Last man in England to be put to death for homosexuality in the country died in Horsham.
1836 - Horsham was lit by gas.
1839 - A police force was founded in Horsham.
1840 - A fire brigade was founded in Horsham.
1852 - A cemetery was founded in Horsham for the first time.
1892 - Horsham hospital opened.
1895 - Horsham
Horsham, hors'am, a borough of England, co. of Sus sex, on the Adur, 26 miles N.E. of Chichester, and 37 miles S.S.W. of London, at a railway junction. It has a venerable parish church, a grammar-school, a handsome town hall and court-house, a county jail, a workhouse, a market house, and a bank. The borough sends one member to the House of Commons. Pop. of parliamentary borough, 10,741.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1902 - Electric street lighting placed in Horsham.
Horsham, hors'am, a borough of England, co. of Sus sex, 28 miles NE. of Chichester and 37 miles SSW. of Lon don. It has a beautiful old parish church recently restored. Among other interesting edifices are the corn exchange and a grammar-school. At Horsham are the new buildings of the vast educational institution known as Christ's Hospital, until recently established in London. Pop. in 1901, 9448.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Horsham to make the most of your visit:
1. Horsham Park:

Start your exploration at Horsham Park, a lovely green space in the heart of the town. It's perfect for picnics, leisurely walks, or simply relaxing by the lake. The park often hosts events and festivals, so check the schedule for any upcoming festivities.

2. Southwater Country Park:

A short drive from the town center, Southwater Country Park is a serene escape with picturesque lakes, walking trails, and picnic areas. It's ideal for family outings and birdwatching.

3. Horsham Museum and Art Gallery:

Dive into the town's history at the Horsham Museum, housed in a charming historic building. Discover local artifacts, art exhibitions, and interactive displays that tell the story of Horsham through the ages.

4. St. Mary's Church:

Visit the stunning St. Mary's Church, a Grade I listed building with a rich history dating back to the 13th century. Marvel at the impressive architecture and learn about the church's role in the town's heritage.

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