The Stunning Areas We Service
At Greenaway Residential we know that we’re lucky to be based in Crawley, West Sussex amongst some of the loveliest towns in the area. We also know that for new property buyers and renters who are wishing to move into our part of the world the decision to come here from outside the area can be a complex and time-consuming one.
Moving into a new area can be something of a leap into the dark if you don’t know anything about the place. So to save you hours of your valuable time we have compiled some information on the towns that we service which we hope will help you in your decision.
This medieval town which sits on the border between Surrey and West Sussex is steeped in history. The ancient Manor of Horley, which had been under the control of Benedictine monks, was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and later passed into the control of King Henry V111. The east of the district also boasts the well-preserved 12th century Thunderfield Castle. In 1816 a regular coach service from London to Brighton was introduced and a railway station was built in Horley in 1841 following the construction of the railway line. Since then the town has built significant commuter links direct to London and is next door to Gatwick Airport. This has helped the town to develop and grow economically. Horley also has the advantages of a Metrobus service connecting to the airport and to surrounding towns, villages and industrial estates.
With a bustling, and surprisingly long, high street Horley has plenty to offer in the way of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés and with the addition of new housing estates the area is expanding rapidly. With a busy theatre and a pub reputed to be the second oldest in the country you’re sure to find plenty to interest you.
Horley’s education needs are well served with several infant, primary and junior schools plus one secondary school. Further education is provided within the neighbouring Redhill, Crawley and Reigate areas. For sports fans there are clubs for cricket, rugby, tennis, hockey and bowls alongside the local Horley Town football club. Horley also has its own leisure centre. For budding race car drivers there is a fantastic race simulator on Brighton Road where you can experience driving a realistic Formula One car.
Situated a mere 27 miles south of London and 21 miles north of Brighton this is another commuter town well serviced by transport links. Gatwick Airport and Biggin Hill Airport are both in close proximity and a major busy road network links to both London and Gatwick. The area even boasts a newly preserved and reconstructed standard gauge railway, the Lewes Line.
There are a good variety of state and independent schools in East Grinstead as well two private prep schools. Imberhorne School is where the local athletics club members train and the area is well provided for in terms of sporting interest with a rugby team, football team and several local sports and social clubs.
East Grinstead proudly promotes its own Music and Arts Festival plus a separate Choral Society and Operatic Society, reflecting the town’s extensive literary heritage. Nearby you will find Ashdown Forest, the fictional home of Winnie the Pooh and if you wish to explore the town’s heritage the local museum charts its history including the privations suffered during World War 2. You can also explore this lovely medieval town’s ancient timber-framed buildings and 18th century Gothic church or the East Court Mansion, built in 1769.
The regeneration of East Grinstead town centre began in 2006 and this expansion and development is expected to be ongoing for around 20 years.
Crawley is a fine example of a 13th century market town that has grown into a modern, thriving commuter town on the edge of London and surrounding south east towns and cities and which was in 1946 part of the government’s master plan which was the New Towns Act. This designated a fast-growing Crawley part of the ‘new towns’ earmarked to service Gatwick Airport and the surrounding developing industrial, commercial and retail sectors. Despite the modernity of the town a large part of its heritage was discovered to be of Iron Age and Roman origins. Various burial mounds and artefacts have been discovered around the area. It goes without saying that Crawley is well serviced by major transport links to London, Gatwick, Brighton and the surrounding areas and in line with government expansion plans the whole area continues to grow in terms of housing and industrial needs. New residential areas plus associated new roads, schools and retail outlets are being constructed.
Crawley has a huge number of schools as a result of the 2004 overhaul of the town’s educational system and further education is provided by sixth form facilities at six of the local secondary schools.
With a football team which in recent years played Manchester United in the F.A. Cup as well as a number of local teams plus rugby and hockey teams Crawley is well provided for in terms of sporting and leisure facilities. There are several parks and recreational areas dotted throughout the districts of the town including the Queen’s Square Memorial Gardens and Tilgate Park and Nature Centre to name but two. With golf courses, theatres, fishing lakes, kung-fu schools, woodlands, model railway and bridleways Crawley and its surrounding districts have plenty for families to do and see. In fact Crawley has been described as the perfect combination of town and countryside.
Crawley has been a renowned shopping area since 1948 and the intervening decades has seen a significant expansion of retail opportunities with numerous major retailers operating across the district. There is the County Mall shopping centre in the centre of town along with weekly markets and local shops. Team this with a good selection of bars, pubs, restaurants and cinema complex and you’ll never be short of things to do in Crawley.
It’s clear to see that the local area has a lot to recommend it – and here at Greenaway we’d be delighted to show you where you could be moving to next.