Visit Horsham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Horsham, West Sussex. A busy town where modern development has not altered too much of the old character, and fascinating little corners remain. Leading from the railway station to the town centre, North Street is a wide and pleasant garden-lined thoroughfare. North Street leads into the Carfax, from which seven streets radiate.
One of these, Pump Alley, is a short street with old buildings, many now shops, on either side. Many retain their original, if restored, fronts. Facing the Carfax is the Old Town Hall, built about 300 years ago, but somewhat altered and restored in the beginning of the 19th century. It has a crenellated front with a clock and is flanked by two turreted towers. At the bottom of the east and west walls can be seen the barred windows of the cells used when this was an assize town. In a wall in the street a box is let into the stonework with the inscription: “Ye Olde Post Box of Horsham”. Do not post letters there; it is a relic of the old coaching days.
Pump Alley leads into the Causeway where most of the houses originate from 300 years or more ago; some are basically 15th- and 16th-century with walls that bulge and roofs that undulate. Some bear plaques giving brief details of their history and occupants.
The house retains much of its 16th-century work, including a fine old oak staircase.
The Causeway is a cul-de-sac. At the end stands the Parish Church of St Mary, parts of which date back to the 12th century, for example the 800-year-old sandstone tower, tall and heavily buttressed. Frescoes on the tower arch reproduce 15th-century frescoes on this spot, remnants of the original being incorporated. In the west end of the north wall is a Norman doorway and deeply splayed window. The Trinity Chapel is 14th-century and the octagonal font 15th-century.
St Mark's Church in North Street was built in 1839. However, it was rebuilt and restored only 30 years after its original building, being considerably changed in the process; this is demonstrated by a print in the west porch showing the church before restoration. The church is well proportioned internally and has a fine oak rood-screen.
Nearby airports: Gatwick
Nearby towns: Billingshurst, Cranleigh, Crawley, Dorking, Haywards Heath
Nearby villages: Barns Green, Coolham, Faygate, Five Oaks, Hurstpierpoint, Itchingfield, Lower Beeding, Nuthurst, Roffey, Rusper, Slinfold, Southwater, Warnham
Have you decided to visit Horsham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Horsham bed and breakfast (a Horsham B&B or Horsham b and b)
- a Horsham guesthouse
- a Horsham hotel (or motel)
- a Horsham self-catering establishment, or
- other Horsham accommodation