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Horley is located in Surrey

 Horley shown within Surrey
Population 22,076 (Civil Parish 2011)[1][2][3][4]
    - Density 
OS grid reference TQ2843
Parish Horley
District Reigate and Banstead
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HORLEY
Postcode district RH6
Dialling code 01293
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament East Surrey
List of places: UK • England • Surrey

Horley is a town in Surrey on the border of Surrey and West Sussex, England, south of the twin towns of Reigate and Redhill, and neighbouring Gatwick Airport and in turn Crawley. With fast links by train round-the-clock to London from Horley railway station, it qualifies as a commuter town and has a significant economy of its own, including business parks and a relatively long high street.


In the past the Weald was a densely forested and marshy area. During Saxon times, the Manor of Horley came under the control of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Chertsey. In the Domesday Book of 1086, the Manor was within the hundred known as Cherchefelle which in 1199 became known as Reigate. The Manor passed to Henry VIII on the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and changed hands several times during the next sixty years.

About 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east is the overgrown but well-preserved site of Thunderfield Castle, a twelfth-century ring and bailey castle.[5]

In 1602 it became the property of Christ's Hospital in London and the original map of the manor is now held at the Guildhall in the City of London. This shows that Horley consisted of three hamlets around a huge open common. One was around the area occupied by St Bartholomew's Church and the Six Bells public house; another by the River Mole and the third in Horley Row where some of Horley's oldest buildings can still be seen.

The Common was enclosed in 1816, new roads were laid and the intervening land was sold. In 1809 and later in 1816, two turnpikes were introduced to allow the operation of regular coach services from London to Brighton. The railway was laid in 1841 and a station was built in the town. From that position, and from that date, Horley grew at a slow rate until 1950. Since then its population has doubled as it became a dormitory town for London commuters.[6]

Map of Horley from 1946

In 1908 the first scout patrol, the pewit patrol, was established. After gaining members this patrol formed 1st Horley scout group which them merged with 2nd Horley in 2006.[7]

The Local Government Act of 1972 changed the boundary of Surrey and West Sussex and placed Horley, Gatwick and Charlwood in West Sussex. The removal of Gatwick Airport and the surrounding area from Surrey into West Sussex met some fierce local opposition with the result that the parishes of Horley and Charlwood were subsequently returned to Surrey in the eponymous Charlwood and Horley Act 1974, leaving the airport to stay in West Sussex.

The Horley Master Plan, which was approved by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in February 2005, permits almost 2,600 new homes to be built.[8] This prompted immediate controversy as the area as with most of non-metropolitan Surrey, i.e. since its reduction in 1974, is Metropolitan Green Belt however is permitted where in pursuance with the local plan, and meeting national criteria including demonstrating environmental sustainability and upholding the character of existing localities.


The town is within the East Surrey constituency, currently represented by the MP Sam Gyimah.

Horley is part of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead, but also has a town council. The Town Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council in July 2013 is Councillor Richard Olliver.[9]

Horley (along with Charlwood) was moved into West Sussex with Gatwick Airport by the Local Government Act 1972. Due to public opposition to these the changes, they were returned to Surrey in the Charlwood and Horley Act 1974, although the airport and Lowfield Heath stayed in West Sussex.[10]


Horley is at an altitude of around 54 metres above mean sea level.[11]

Salfords in the civil parish of Salfords and Sidlow, on the road to Redhill, is to the north and Gatwick Airport is between Horley and Crawley to the south. The village of Charlwood is to the west and Smallfield is to the east across the M23 Motorway.


Horley has been twinned with Vimy, France[12] since 1991

Demography and housing[]

2011 Census Homes
Output area Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes shared between households[1]
(Civil Parish) 2,463 3,111 1,456 2,011 8 8

The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.

2011 Census Key Statistics
Output area Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[1]
(Civil Parish) 22,076 9,057 31.7% 39.3% 1,124

The proportion of households in the civil parish who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).


At one time the airline Dan-Air had its head office in the now demolished Newman House in Horley.[13] At times in history, British Caledonian,[14] British United Airways,[15] and Laker Airways had their head offices on the property of Gatwick Airport in Crawley, West Sussex, near Horley.[16]

Horley was home to the Matbro works which produced forklift trucks from the 1950s to the 1980s and pioneered telescopic handlers. The bright yellow Teleram 40 and Teleram C machines were very popular with farmers and construction companies.

Horley is the present home of Scotia Gas Networks.[17]

Today, about a third of the population work locally, while another third commute south to Gatwick and Crawley, and the final third travel further to London, Redhill and Reigate.[18]

Culture and the arts[]

Horley is home to the Archway Theatre. Located under the arches of the Victoria Road railway bridge, the theatre consists of a bar, auditorium, studio theatre and rehearsal rooms. The main auditorium seats 95 and the studio seats 40. The company presents 10 full productions each year as well as a number of studio events and youth productions.[19]


Horley is served by Metrobus bus routes connecting with Redhill, Three Bridges, Crawley, East Grinstead, Caterham and Gatwick Airport, as well as the outlying villages of Charlwood and Smallfield.[20]

Horley railway station is served by Southern on the Brighton Main Line.


Horley has one secondary school (Oakwood School), three primary schools (Manorfield, Trinity Oaks and Langshott[21]), two junior schools (Yattendon and Meath Green Junior), and two infant schools (Meath Green Infants and Horley Infants). There is currently no sixth form provision, so most students go to Redhill, Crawley or Reigate (e.g. East Surrey College and Reigate College) to continue their studies.

All the local schools are part of the Horley Learning Partnership,[22] a local educational confederation which enables schools to develop a range of shared services. It also runs the Horley SureStart centre.


Horley is the home town of Horley Town F.C. established in 1898.[23] It also has a cricket club, a hockey club, a tennis club, a bowls club and a newly formed rugby club.[24]

Notable locals[]

  • Jack Fairman was from Horley and has a pub named after him[25]
  • Robert Smith the founding member of The Cure lived in Horley as a child.[26]
  • Lol Tolhurst is a former member of The Cure who was born and lived in the town[27]
  • Faye White the former captain of England Women's Football team was brought up in, and went to school in the town[28]
  • Robert Emms plays Pythagoras in BBC1's Atlantis. He was brought up in and went to school in the town[29]

See also[]


  1. ^ a b c Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ ONS census data Horley Central
  3. ^ ONS census data Horley East
  4. ^ ONS census data Horley West
  5. ^ Peter C. Cox. "Thunderfield & Haroldslea". Horley Local History Society. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Horley Town Council - A profile of Horley
  7. ^ 1st and 2nd Horley scout website
  8. ^ Horley regeneration Plan
  9. ^ Horley Town Mayors Welcome
  10. ^ Charlwood and Horley bill 1973
  11. ^ "Horley Climate". Met Office. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 25–31 March 1992. 75.
  14. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 16 May 1981. 1445. "Head Office: London Gatwick Airport, Horley, Surrey, UK."
  15. ^ (10 April 1969) "World Airline Survey ...". Flight International.  "Head Office: Gatwick Airport, Horley. Surrey."
  16. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 18 May 1972. Supplement 18. "Head Office: Gatwick Airport, Horley, Surrey, England."
  17. ^ Contact Us
  18. ^ Profile of the parish of Horley
  19. ^ "Archway Theatre Horley". Archway Theatre Company. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  20. ^ Route info
  21. ^ Langshott Primary School
  22. ^ Horley Town Council
  23. ^ Horley Town FC history
  24. ^ Sussex rugby news
  25. ^ Jack Fairman
  26. ^ Barbarian, L., Steve Sutherland and Robert Smith. Ten Imaginary Years (1988) Zomba Books, p. 121; ISBN 0-946391-87-4. 
  27. ^ Apter, Jeff (2009). Never Enough: the Story of The Cure. Omnibus Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780857120243. 
  28. ^ "My Best Teacher". Times Educational Supplement. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  29. ^ War Horse star returns to Horley school

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