History and Development
Horsham was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The town has grown steadily over recent years to a population of over 30,000. This has been facilitated by the completion of both an inner and outer town bypass. The location of any new growth is the subject of debate.
Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Horsham, and is commemorated by the Shelley Fountain, a large and complex fountain in the shape of a globe, in the town centre.
Horsham is the largest town in the district of the same name. There is no town council for the town centre, however parish councils exist for some of the suburbs. The town is the administrative centre for Horsham district. The district is a two-tier area, thus the town also comes under the remit of West Sussex County Council.
Location and Transport
Horsham lies at the crossroads of three routes.
The town has one main railway station, Horsham railway station, on the main 'Arun valley' line from Chichester to Crawley, Gatwick and London Victoria. Other services continue north to Dorking, Epsom and London Waterloo. There is also a station at Littlehaven in the north east of the town on the Crawley line.
Horsham town centre is focussed around a pedestrianised square called the Carfax. Two shopping centres, Piries Place and Swan Walk, are located off the Carfax. Close by are the two other principal shopping streets East street and the pedestrianised West street. A new shopping area and public square, the Forum, has recently been completed to the south of West street.
To the north of the Carfax is the large town park. The park has numerous football pitches, a wildlife pond and tennis courts. Various leisure facilities have been built on land around the park.
Education and Emergency services facilities
Horsham is home to the well-known (sixth form) College of Richard Collyer, known as 'Collyers', on Hurst Street (near the centre) - a road which also has on it a hospital, fire station, and police station.
Leisure and Culture
Horsham has various facilities for leisure: