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The local area guide to living in Crawley

The town of Crawley lies in the north-eastern part of West Sussex, about 45 km south of London, 29 km north of Brighton and Hove, and directly south of Gatwick Airport. Crawley has been a settlement since at least the Stone Age, as evidenced by flint tools and burial mounds discovered in the area. The town was the site of several Iron-Age forts used to extract ore, which were expanded by the Romans in the early years of AD. Once a common rest stop on the journey from London to Brighton before railways had been built, the market town of Crawley has grown steadily over the past centuries.

In 1948, the population grew significantly due to development under the 1946 New Towns Act, a government initiative with the aim of relocating large numbers of people out of London after the Second World War into new towns. As a result, Crawley was expanded to connect with the nearby villages of Ifield and Three Bridges.

Information about the local residents

The 105,859 residents of Crawley primarily identify as white British, and the average salary of the area was £29,179 as of the 2011 census. The majority of the population falls in the 35-54 age range, and the most common occupational roles are within Professional and Associate Professional positions, followed by Administrative and Secretarial positions.

The majority of housing in Crawley is terraced and a considerable proportion is semi-detached, a result of building works from the 1946 New Town Act. Most properties in Crawley are owned by loan or mortgage.

Nearby schools

There are over 20 primary schools and 8 secondary schools located in and around Crawley, most of which are state schools and academies. The majority of the secondary schools in Crawley were rated ‘Good’ in a recent Ofsted inspection, though St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Comprehensive School and Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School each received only ‘Satisfactory’ ratings.

The closest independent secondary school is the Worth Benedictine Catholic School, serving 561 pupils in nearby Turner’s Hill. The school performs well, with 83% of pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE level.

Getting around

Crawley lies just to the north of the M23 and is directly south of Gatwick, one of the UK’s largest airports with hundreds of international flights daily.

The town has three railway stations, Crawley, Ifield and Three Bridges, and regular services travel to London Victoria, London Bridge, and Gatwick Airport from all three stations. There are also good services to surrounding towns and cities in South England.

Local shops

Crawley’s main shopping area is the County Mall Shopping Centre, which has been open since the early 1990s. Here, there are a wide array of common retail brands. The town also features many high street shops, with a large selection of popular pubs, bars and restaurants. For a more local, unique dining and drinking experience, a few locally run cafés and restaurants exist in the area, such as Zari’s, a family-run Indian restaurant in Ifield. To get some fresh air, Crawley also features several green spaces, including the golf course and nature centre of Tilgate Park.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.