Horsham is home to the following well known independent schools:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had the fictitious Openshaw family, in the Sherlock Holmes story The Five Orange Pips, residing in the town.

Horsham Gymnastic Club have produced top female gymnasts[34][35] a number of whom have progressed to the England and Great Britain national squads.

The RSPCA,[12] an animal welfare charity, has a £16 million headquarters at Southwater near Horsham, built to replace its former headquarters in the centre of the town.[15]

The town has historically been known for horse trading in early medieval times, iron and brick making up until the 20th century, and brewing more recently.[citation needed]

To the north of the Carfax is a park, Horsham Park, the remnant of what was formerly the Hurst Park Estate. The park has football pitches, a wildlife pond and tennis courts. Leisure facilities, including a swimming complex and a gymnastic centre, have been built on land around the park.

The Registry of births, deaths and marriages is located in Park House, North Street in central Horsham.

Horsham F.C. is the town's senior football club and currently (2014–15) play in the Isthmian League South Division. They had some success some six seasons ago, reaching the final of the Sussex Senior Cup in 2007. They reached the 2nd round of the F A Cup in 07-08, losing in a replay to Swansea City. The team currently play at the Horsham YMCA ground (see below) whilst they seek a new ground in Horsham. The dedicated followers of the team are known as the 'Lardy Boys'.

Horsham is a historic market town in West Sussex offering much for visitors and locals alike.

Bus services are provided by Metrobus, Stagecoach Group, Arriva Southern Counties and Compass Travel.

Horsham Community Hospital, is open weekdays, and is located on Hurst Road. The town has its own law courts, ambulance station, fire station and police station also located on Hurst Road. The Statutory emergency fire and rescue service is provided by the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Home Office policing in Horsham is provided by the Sussex Police.[36]

Holbrook RUFC are a smaller rugby club, based at The Holbrook Club in north Horsham. It was formed in 1971 as Sunallon RFC, which was the name of the Sun Alliance Sports & Social Club. This developed into Sun Alliance RFC and following a merger with the Liverpool-based Royal Insurance in 1996, into Royal & Sun Alliance RFC (RSA). Holbrook RFC now have two teams as of the 2014 season, with the 1sts in Sussex League 1, and 2nds in Sussex League 3.[32][3]

Horsham YMCA FC, founded in 1898, were playing their 2014/15 season in Division one of the Sussex County Football League . They are nicknamed 'The YMs', and play their home games at Gorings Mead in the Iron Bridge part of Horsham. [1]

The town is the centre of the parliamentary constituency of Horsham, recreated in 1983. Jeremy Quin has served as Member of Parliament for Horsham since 2015, succeeding Francis Maude, who held the seat since 1997 but retired at the 2015 general election.

Visit Horsham is the official Horsham Town Centre Directory and Visitors' Guide connecting businesses, residents and visitors.

In the weeks preceding the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Grenadian Olympic Team trained at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, which is on the outskirts of the town.

The first historical record of Horsham is from AD 947. The name may mean either "horse home" or "Horsa's home" (a Saxon warrior who was granted land in the area).[citation needed]

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This hamlet dates back to the late 18th century, when a small number of houses were in existence, with an inn opening in the early part of the 19th century. A station opened in the area in 1907, originally called Rusper Road Crossing halt, but later renamed Littlehaven.[5]

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Supermarkets serving the town include branches of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose. In December 2013, John Lewis announced plans to open an £11m store in the town on the site of a car showroom and garage.[19]

Horsham lies at the junction of three main routes with the dual carriageway A24 running north to south route from London and Dorking to Worthing. The A264 links Horsham to Crawley and the M23 to the east by modern dual carriageway and to the A29 to the west. The A281 runs between Guildford and Brighton.

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Horsham /ˈhɔːrʃəm/ is a market town on the upper reaches of the River Arun in the centre of the Weald in Sussex, England. The town is 31 miles (50 km) south south-west of London, 18.5 miles (30 km) north-west of Brighton and 26 miles (42 km) north-east of the county town of Chichester. Nearby towns include Crawley to the north-east and Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill to the south-east. It is the administrative centre of the Horsham district.


In October 2006, Horsham was pronounced the second best place to live in the UK, only beaten by Winchester. This was claimed by a Channel 4 show, The 10 best and worst places to live in the UK.

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To the east along Brighton Road is Iron Bridge named after the railway bridge that carries the railway from London Victoria to Littlehampton. The area consists of mainly Victorian and Edwardian houses to the north of Brighton Road, whilst to the south there are areas of inter- and post-war housing. This area is known as the East Side.

Horsham is placed number 27 in the book Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places To Live In The UK. The satirical book describes Horsham as "a No Fun Zone run by new conservatives for old conservatives."[71]

In 2007, a Reader's Digest poll put Horsham as the 25th best place in mainland Britain to bring up a family.[70]

The main secondary schools in Horsham are:

Until 2015 the Swiss-based multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis, formerly Ciba-Geigy before a 1996 merger, was a major employer in the town, but the plant is now closed and the site scheduled for redevelopment.[14]

Located in the centre is also the Creative Assembly, Founded in 1987 and one of the UK's premier videogame developers. Creator of the Total War strategy games, the studio has received numerous press, industry and consumer accolades, including BAFTA and the Develop Industry Excellence awards.[citation needed]

The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the oldest building in Horsham, having been in continuous use for nearly eight centuries. It is located at the end of the Causeway in Normandy, the oldest extant part of Horsham. It has a peal of ten bells.[27]

Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL

On 27 September 2007, Horsham was awarded as the overall winner of Britain in Bloom in the large town / small city category a Gold Award. It also has the honour of being presented with the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Bloomin' Wild' award which reflected the theme for year's national judging.

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In keeping with many other towns, new developments to the east of the town centre were rapid in the early Victorian era, and that area of town became known, as it is today, as New Town. The area contains the Iron Bridge, a steel structure that carries the railway to the south of Horsham.[5]

Horsham has featured in the films 31 North 62 East and A Dark Reflection (2014 film).

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