Luxury apartments unveiled at former County Times office

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For more than 100 years, West Sussex County Times journalists wrote the news for the Horsham district from an office in Market Square.

But the old newsroom, for so long a hive of activity, is now a living room - as the building has been converted into nine luxury apartments.

DM1510041a.jpg Press House, Market Square, Horsham, former West Susex County Times office. Neil Moore, MD, Guy Leonard estate agency, in the former newsroom. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150624-233427008

DM1510041a.jpg Press House, Market Square, Horsham, former West Susex County Times office. Neil Moore, MD, Guy Leonard estate agency, in the former newsroom. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150624-233427008

The new homes were showcased by estate agent Guy Leonard and Co yesterday (Wednesday June 24).

The development has been dubbed Press House, and each of the first homeowners will receive a year’s subscription to the County Times.

Prices for the apartments - eight two-bedroom flats and one three-bedroom home - range from £275,000 to £725,000.

Press House was home to the offices of the West Sussex County Times from around 1893 until 2013.

DM1510017a.jpg Press House, Market Square, Horsham, former West Susex County Times office. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150624-233852008

DM1510017a.jpg Press House, Market Square, Horsham, former West Susex County Times office. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150624-233852008

Back in 1681 the site included an ale shop, a tailors shop, a butchers shop and also some living accommodation.

In 1820 the tall part of the building, which dominates the Causeway today, was erected.

From 1893 the West Sussex County Times and Sussex Standard offices occupied part of the building, the remainder was a sports shop run by Attwaters. In 1927 this shop burnt down and that part of the site was redeveloped.

The apartments include a lift, modern lighting and efficient gas heating, with several having views over the Causeway.

DM1510026a.jpg Press House, Market Square, Horsham, former West Susex County Times office. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150624-233903008

DM1510026a.jpg Press House, Market Square, Horsham, former West Susex County Times office. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150624-233903008

Two of the homes have been reserved. The seven remaining apartments will be launched on Saturday (June 27), with viewings from 10am to 4pm.

Our slideshow reveals how the offices looked just before and after the County Times moved to Springfield House.

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