With a small population, Horsham is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) as being a large village. It has been mentioned that by the 13th century Horsham had grown in population has was recognised as a borough. With 2 weekly markets, it is possible to imagine the vibrancy felt within the growing town. This vibrancy was shared once a year with the arrival of a fair that attracted people from all over Sussex and Surrey.
The area of covered by Horsham is vast and is now made up of small villages and farmland. Linking Horshams roots to being an agricultural settlement, that, although had its fair share of craftsman, it had no real industry and therefore, considered to be a small market town. (Apparently, it used to be common for men to sell their wives and in 1844 a woman named Ann Holland was sold in Horsham market for 30 shillings. Rumour has it, that this was the last time a a wife was sold in Britain). Evidence of this can be seen with its small growth or development within the town today. Plans and slow progression are seeing the town modernise, nevertheless the enthusiasm felt at the weekends in this affluent town is electric. The Market town had a few brewers which all soon disappeared, conversely, one remains close to the railway station and in the same road as Henfield Storage. Sussex Food and Drink award winners 2009/10, Hepworth Brewery
1532 saw the rise of the Grammar School now known as Richard Collyers Sixth Form College. An incredible college that is renowned for its student morale day such as students dressing up to a certain theme in the first term for example “tarts & vicars”, “retro” etc….
The market town soon developed further and became the home of Motor Insurance Firm More Than, putting its agricultural beginnings to the side to make way for IT and electronics.
Horsham was soon connected to Brighton by rail. The station was opened on 14 February 1848 and encouraged the development of a Corn Exchange.
The importance of Horsham Railway Station was established soon after its official opening with development of the line, enabling it to serve many other towns and the continued enlargement on several occasions between 1859 and 1867. The importance of Horsham having the connection is shown through annual rail passenger usage data.
2008/09 2.444million Data shown is based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Horsham
The expansion of the Grade 2 listed building saw the arrival of Henfield Hire Ltd. A small family run business that offers long term car rental at really good prices compared to local and national competitors. The company attracts customers from all over the nation with its great location, ‘Horsham Train Station’. If you require a vehicle that they do not currently have on fleet, they will get it for you. Normally takes 2 weeks but the wait is worth it, when you are driving around in a brand new car. Furthermore, trains are easily accessable from Gatwick Airport.