Solicitors in Horsham
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How to find Our office
Coole Bevis LLP Office is located in the Carfax zone, 7 minute drive from Horsham town centre via B2195 and Albion Way in Horsham. Coole Bevis Horsham office is a 3 minute walk from Horsham Car Park via Medwin Way and Medwin Walk.
Facts about Horsham
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Information about Horsham
- Horsham is a market town in Sussex England.
- The town is located near the mouth of the River Arun, in the centre of the Sussex Weald.
- Horsham is approximately 50 kilometres south of south-west London, 30 kilometres north-west of Brighton and 42 kilometres north-west of Chichester County.
- Towns close to Horsham include Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath to the south-east and Crawley to the north-east.
- It is unclear what the name of the town means, but there are suggestions that it could mean either horse home or Horsa’s home (after a Saxon warrior of that name who was granted land in the area).
- In medieval times, Horsham was known for its horse trading (which may be where it got its name from), iron forging and brick works.
- Horsham is the largest town in the District Council Area of Horsham, a lesser government tier to the local government in West Sussex County Council.
- Horsham was once a part of the county of Surrey until the parliamentary act of 1867 brought about a change in boundaries.
- Horsham is established around the Carfax which is an open market square and place where four roads meet.
- To the south of the Carfax is the Causeway, a street populated by a number of listed buildings erected in the 17th, 18th and early 19th century including the Horsham Museum.
- The Church of England’s parish church of St Mary is located at the southern end of the Causeway.
- This church was built by the Normans, rebuilt sometime in the 13th century and restored between 1864 and 1865.
- The parish of St Mary is the oldest building in Horsham having being in existence for more than eight centuries.
- The immediate area to the south of the church is known as Normandy.
- At the west end of the town once stood a kinetic water sculpture called the Rising Universe. This was built to honour the poet Percy Bysshe Shelly who was born a short distance from Horsham centre.
- Rising Universe or Shelly’s Fountain was 28 feet tall and 45 feet across the base and was designed to release six and a half tons of water.
- The fountain carries a plaque on which was inscribed one of the more popular of Shelly’s poems, ‘Mont Blanc’.
- The fountain was turned off and on at different times to save water and for much-needed repairs, before it was removed completely in 2016 due to high maintenance costs.
- Horsham Park, formerly known as Hurst Park Estate is located to the north of Carfax and has a large outdoor area for football, tennis and other sports.
- Along Brighton Road to the east is Iron Bridge, so named after the railway bridge that carries the train from Victoria to Littlehampton.
- All these areas consist mainly of Victorian and Edwardian era houses to the north of Brighton Road, whereas to the south are houses built during and after the war. This area is known as the East Side.
- Three train stations serve the town of Horsham. They are Horsham, Christ’s Hospital and Littlehaven.
- These train stations provide connections to Victoria in London, Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth and Southampton.
- There is no airport in Horsham but Gatwick Airport is about 12 miles from the town.
- Horsham serves as the junction for three major routes in Sussex. They are: A24 route from London to Worthing, A264 route from Chichester to Crawley and A281 route from Brighton to Guildford.
- In 2006, Horsham was proclaimed the second best place to live in the UK after Winchester.
- In the same year, the town was said to have a high life expectancy, with 76 years for men and 83 years for women.
- In 2007, a reader’s digest poll placed Horsham 25th in the best place to raise a family in mainland Britain.
- Also in 2007, Horsham was awarded the overall winner of Britain in Bloom, in the small city/ large town category.
- Horsham has been featured in two films: 31 North, 62 East and A Dark Reflection.
- One of the world’s first dinosaur hunters, Gideon Mantell, who named the Iguanodon in 1825 and the Hylaeosaurus in 1833 once lived in Horsham.
- Horsham holds a series of other records including the record for the heaviest hailstones to ever fall in the UK.
- On September 5th, 1958, hailstones weighing 140grams fell in the town, each one the size of a tennis ball and with impact speeds of approximately 224mph.
- Earthworks from the eleventh century possibly from Chennelsbrook Castle in Horsham can be near Chennells Brook in the town.
- Horsham has a strong sports history with cricket, football, rugby, hockey and gymnastics being some of the more common sporting activities in the area.
- Some of these sports activities have enjoyed a measure of success, even competing with others at the national level.
Places in Horsham
Horsham has grown beyond the original limits to include some of the smaller villages which now form part of the outer districts.