20 Facts About Crawley


Crawley is a large town and borough in West Sussex, England.

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Crawley developed slowly as a market town from the 13th century, serving the surrounding villages in the Weald.

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Crawley grew slowly in importance over the next few centuries, but was boosted in the 18th century by the construction of the turnpike road between London and Brighton.

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Crawley became a parish in the sixteenth century, having previously been a chapelry in the parish of Slaugham.

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When district and parish councils were established under the Local Government Act 1894, Crawley was given a parish council and included in the Horsham Rural District.

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Three years later, on 1 April 1956, the parish of Crawley was made an urban district, making it independent from Horsham Rural District.

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Crawley Borough is coterminous with the parliamentary constituency of Crawley.

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The borough of Crawley is bordered by the districts of Mid Sussex and Horsham in West Sussex as well as the districts of Mole Valley and Tandridge and the borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey.

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Crawley announced his discovery in an 1825 scientific paper, giving the creature the name Iguanodon.

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Crawley was already a modest industrial centre by the end of the Second World War.

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Companies headquartered in Crawley include Doosan Babcock Energy, WesternGeco, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Atlantic's associated travel agency Virgin Holidays, William Reed Business Media, Dualit and the Office of the Paymaster-General.

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Crawley has numerous hotels, including The George Hotel, dated to 1615.

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The town centre was completed by 1960, by which time Crawley was already recognised as an important regional, rather than merely local, shopping centre.

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Urban area of Crawley is served by a total of three rail stations including Ifield railway station.

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Crawley was one of several towns where the boundaries of Southdown Motor Services and London Transport bus services met.

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Crawley has three Grade I listed buildings, 12 Grade II* listed buildings and 85 Grade II listed buildings.

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Since the restructuring, Crawley has had 17 primary schools and four pairs of infant and junior Schools.

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Crawley has three local newspapers, of which two have a long history in the area.

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The Crawley News was first published in 1979, and later took over the operations of the older Crawley Advertiser which closed in 1982.

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In September 2008 Johnston Press launched a new weekly broadsheet newspaper called the Crawley Times based on the companies paper produced in Horsham, the West Sussex County Times.

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