Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Crawley Observer, formally Simmons Weekly Advertiser and Surrey and Sussex Courier - 12 The Boulevard

George Simmins founded the Simmins Weekly Advertiser, which became the Surrey and Sussex Courier and then the Crawley Observer.

Plaques
Crawley Arts Council
Richard Browne (1921-1990) The Broadway
John Leech (1817-1864) The Tree, High Street

John Leech (1817-1864) who in 1843-48 illustrated the Christmas stories of Charles Dickens lived here as a medical student from 1833
(Awards for All)
Mark Lemon (1809-1870) The George, High Street

The first editor of 'Punch' Mark Lemon of Crawley 1809-1870 held editorial meetings here from 1858
(West Sussex County Council)
Sarah Robinson (1787-1875) Victoria Mews, West Green
Francis Thompson (1859-1907) 11 Victoria Road
John Goepel (1906--1994) 9 Little Crabtree, West Green
Frederick Knott (1916-2002) The Masonic Centre, corner Rusper Road and Ifield Green
Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) Old Plough Cottage, Ifield Street

Here in the village inn Quaker and prison reformer Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) in September 1837 held 'A satisfactory reading with the people'
(Awards for All)
Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885-1948) Tilgate Lake
Dame Caroline Haslett (1895-1957) Haslett Avenue

Born at Worth and later living in Three Bridges Dame Caroline Haslett (1895-1957) Electrical Engineer became in 1924 the first director of the Electrical Association for Women
(EDF Energy)
Richard Marsh (1857-1915) 53 New Street, Three Bridges

Author of over 70 horror, crime and popular works of fiction Richard Marsh (1857-1915) lived here 1891-1910

Crawley Arts Council (continued)
James Pulham (1845-1920) Milton Mount Community Hall, Pound Hill

Part of the Montefiore country estate, Milton Mount gardens were laid out in the mid-1880s by James Pulham (1845-1920). The artificial rocks are made of Pulhamite
(Awards for All)
Philip Webb (1831-1915) Caxtons, Turners Hill Road
Sir Charles Court (1911-2007) Premier of Western Australia 1974-1982, Albany Road
Jim Pitts (1942-2012) Northgate Community Centre, Barnfield Road

Musician, Artist, Sculptor and Father of Crawley's Music Scene Jim Pitts (1942-2012) Performed and taught here
(Friends of Jim Pitts)
Peter Young (1930-2016) Chairman Crawley Arts Council, Hawth Theatre
The Greyhound

Played on Good Fridays with 49 shooting Marbles (tolleys) on the ring, the World Marbles Championship started here in 1932. Reputedly the knock-out game began in Queen Elizabeth's reign (1558-1603) as a decider between two men from Surrey and Sussex to wed a Tinsley Maiden
(The Greyhound)
Crabbet Arabian Stud

Founded by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and his wife in 1878. Crabbet Arabian Stud became world famous as the largest collection of pure-bred Arabian horses outside Arabia. The stud was sold in 1971, when building the M23 cut the Crabbet Estate in Two
(Gatwick Worth Hotel)
Buckswood

Buckswood in early Roman Britain was an iron-working site; in the middle ages a hunting area. A farmstead existed here c. 1495, when the oldest part of this cottage was built. It was enlarged twice, c. 1520-30 and 1575-80. Little Buckswood farm was built on in 1964 with the growth of Crawley New Town

Roger Bastable (1950-2007) 34 High Street

Author, local historian and co-founder of the Crawley Festival Roger Bastable (1950-2007) lived here above the family fishmongers 1950-1951

Hall & Woodhouse
Peter Vaughan

Peter Vaughan 4 April 1923 - 6 December 2016 British Character actor from film, television and stage, best known for his role as "Genail" Harry Grout in the TV sitcom Porridge. He lived at Goffs Manor from 1966 to 1986 and was asked back to open the building when it became a public house in July 2000