Horsham

Horsham
Architectural Mix, the Causeway, Horsham. - geograph.org.uk - 175567.jpg
Houses in the Causeway
Horsham is located in West Sussex
Horsham
Horsham
Location within West Sussex
Area4.55 sq mi (11.8 km2)
Population55,657 (2001)
• Density12,232/sq mi (4,723/km2)
TQ1730
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHorsham
Postcode districtRH12, RH13
Dialling code01403
PoliceSussex
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
West Sussex
51°03′43″N 0°19′30″W / 51°03′43″N 0°19′30″W / 51.062; -0.325

Horsham m/ is a market town on the upper reaches of the River Arun on the fringe of the Weald in West 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.

History

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]

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]