Crawley

A bustling and vibrant town, situated just minutes from Gatwick Airport and offers great transport links in London and Brighton.

A little information...

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Inhabited since the Stone Age and a centre of ironworking in Roman times, Crawley developed as a market town from the 13th century and was boosted in the 18th century by the construction of the road between London and Brighton. Three Bridges mainline station was opened in the summer of 1841 and Crawley station was built in 1848.

Gatwick Airport opened on the edge of the town in the 1940s encouraging commercial and industrial growth and after the Second World War the Government planned to move large numbers of people and jobs out of London and into new towns around South East England and Crawley was one of those areas. Rapid development greatly increased the size and population of the town in just a few decades and the town now comprises of 16 residential neighbourhoods separated by main roads and railway lines and has a population of approximately 100,000 residents.

In 2005 Crawley Leisure Centre was closed and replaced by the K2 Leisure Centre which has the only Olympic sized swimming pool in South East England and in 2008 an impressive new three storey library was opened in new buildings at Southgate Avenue, replacing the former library at County Buildings.

The shopping facilities are excellent and include Queens Square and the County Mall covered shopping centre, while the town neighbourhoods include a vast array of specialist shops with ample free parking, pubs, schools, doctors, dentists, churches, mosques and recreational areas.

Schooling and transport...

Schools

Maidenbower Infant School – Ofsted: Outstanding

Pound Hill Infant Academy – Ofsted: Outstanding

St Margaret’s CofE Primary School – Ofsted: Good

Hazelwick Secondary School – Ofsted: Good

Oriel High School – Ofsted: Good

Transport Links

Train Stations:

Three Bridges / Crawley / Ifield

Motorways:

M23 – 7 minutes by car

Buses:

Metrobus – 24/7 Services

Airports

Gatwick Airport – 12 minutes by car

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Useful links...

Crawley Borough Council

Crawley Council website

West Sussex County Council

West Sussex Council website