A historic centre, beautiful old buildings, good schools and convenience all add up to make Horsham a very desirable place to live.
Halifax’s 2013 quality of life survey revealed this West Sussex town to be one of the top 20 places to live in Britain. It also ranked highly in earlier surveys by Experian and Channel 4.
Horsham’s certainly had a long time to get things right. Named after a breeding place for horses, it was mentioned in a Saxon charter of 947 and developed as a market town on the route between London and the coast.
Former industries include brewing and brickmaking, and distinctive Horsham stone can be spotted on the roofs of many of the area’s period buildings.
Although beer and bricks have been replaced by financial services and pharmaceuticals – insurance giant More Than and healthcare company Novartis are major local employers – Horsham is still a thriving market town.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, local produce and arts and crafts stalls fill the Carfax, a continental-style square in the middle of town, with a general Saturday market nearby. The Carfax is at its best on sunny days when café tables spill out on to the pavements and there are free bandstand concerts during the summer.
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