Horsham: historic district is an area of growth
Horsham is an historic market town surrounded by villages which make up a district with a population of around 150,000.
It has a thriving town centre and is an area of growth both economically and with regards to its built-up area - it is under constant pressure to provide high levels of housing to support people moving to the area to benefit from its location in between Gatwick and Brighton, reaching into the South Downs and within easy commuting distance to London.
It is steeped in culture and heritage, which was celebrated with a whole year of events in 2019 - dubbed the Year of Culture and reflecting everything from the town's links with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley to its successful musicians, comedians and artists of today, and local venues including The Capitol Theatre and Leonardslee Gardens.
Games developer Creative Assembly is based here as well as the RSPCA headquarters and it is part of the Gatwick Diamond.
Other employers of note including Thakeham Homes, RMV Productions and many linked to the aviation industry such as AJW Aviation.
Horsham has many fans of Brighton FC and Crawley Town (in League Two). Horsham FC plays in the Isthmian Premier League with a new stadium and ambitions to go higher. Sussex County Cricket Club use Horsham CC as an outground.
The County Times was famously run by four generations of women before its purchase in the 1980s by Johnston Press.
Its nickname was the 'farting mouse' after a comment that it was so parochial that even if a mouse farted in the town it would be reported in that week's edition.