Horsham


Horsham is a market town that has managed to hold on to its charming past, yet has moved forward with the times. The weather-boarded cottages of yesterday have been successfully integrated with the covered shopping centres of today. The labyrinth of streets and passageways have successfully been turned into shopping areas, cobbled streets have returned and cars have virtually been banned from the town centre.

There are plenty of interesting buildings, such as the sixteenth-century timber-framed and tile-hung houses and cottages that can be found behind the old town hall. The road here, called The Causeway, was originally built over marshland and was supported on wooden pillars, although the marsh dried out long ago. The thirteenth-century St Mary's Church can

be found in The Causeway as can the sixteenth-century Horsham Museum with it's eighteenth-century barn.

Although mentioned as far back as 947AD, the thirteenth century saw the town as one of the major iron working centres in the county. The farming capital of the western Weald, wagons, horses, ploughs and produce were bought here and the blacksmiths did a fantastic trade in horseshoes. The Horsham Museum has a display featuring many items of the farm machinery and tools that would have been sold at that time.

Horsham was once famous for its flat grey roofing slabs, or 'Horsham Slate' as they were called. The sandstone, which was quarried around the area in the 1200's, was also used for other building materials such as bricks.