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Horley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 21:28 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 19:58 20 February 2013

Horley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Horley ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Life changed rapidly in Horley from the late 19th century with the coming of the railway and the expanding Gatwick Airport making it a commuter idyll. Still mainly residential, the foundations of the town once belonged to Henry VIII

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2011

Life changed rapidly in Horley from the late 19th century with the coming of the railway and the expanding Gatwick Airport making it a commuter idyll. Still mainly residential, the foundations of the town once belonged to Henry VIII around this time, Horley consisted of just three separate settlements bordering a common

Photo: Pete Gardner

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Need for speed...
Racing driver and owner of Fairman Precision Tools, then located in Station Road, Jack Fairman was born in Smallfield. After serving in the Royal Tank Regiment during World War Two he took up racing again once it restarted. He would go on to have success in many events, including the Le Mans 24-hour race partnering a young Stirling Moss.

Down on the farm...
A traditional, family-run farm with a Tudor farmhouse and beautiful gardens, Ladyland Farm is run by teachers and farmers to give children a hands-on learning experience tailored to the National Curriculum.

Underneath the bridge.
Found under the arches at Victoria Road railway bridge, the Archway Theatre began in 1939 as a small group of enthusiasts. It is part of the Little Theatre Guild, of which Sir Ian McKellan is a patron and the Lord of the Rings star has visited on occasions.

Festival of Surrey Life...
The Fox Revived pub at nearby Norwood Hill was host to the first ever Festival of Surrey Life, which saw visits by Nicholas Owen and Phil Tufnell.

While youre there...

Most noted for...
The airport is always a conversation starter and the arguments that are invariably raised when expansion plans are broached tend to get quite heated.

...Lowfield Heath Windmill, in Charlwood. The mid-18th century post mill originally stood at Lowfield Heath by Gatwick Airport and, from 1987 to 1999, was moved 2.5 miles.

Eat at...
Mulberry (01293 786680), the fine dining restaurant at Langshott Manor.

Drink at...
Ye Olde Six Bells (01293 825028) is a charming pub packed full of nooks and crannies to explore.

Stay at...
Langshott Manor (01293 786680) is a luxury 16th century boutique hotel.

Move there for

And get: A five-bedroom barn conversion hidden out in the countryside near the town.

Famous neighbours?
Surrey songsmith Newton Faulkner grew up in the area.

Getting there...
Off junction 9 of the M23. Horley is on a main line service from Brighton to London Victoria.

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