Three Bridges and Northgate

The "new makyng of thre bridges upon the wayes between the hamer at Worth and Crawley" is mentioned in the Worth furnace accounts of 1546-49. Three narrow bridges, a few yards apart, over separate streams are shown on the 1842 tithe map, but since the railway came one larger bridge has replaced them.

The New Town residential areas of Three Bridges and Northgate - named after a tollgate on the London Road - were developed between 1952 and 1955. Northgate covered an area of 168 acres.

Three BridgesNorthgate


A pond near the junction of London Road and Black Dog Lane which would overflow the highway. The name derives from a Clapper bridge built across it, consisting of planks raised on logs or stones.

Sources & Further Reading
Wayfarer Denman's Crawley Revisited, Nadine Hygate (1993), p. 18

Hollybush Road

Black Dog Cottage, 19 Hollybush RoadGrade II Listed (1983)
A late 16th century timber-framed one storey farmhouse. The front was faced in red brick about 1800 and given three wooden casements under segmential arches. The chimney stack is 17th Century. There is a single storey brick and tiled outbuilding.

London Road

Fir Tree Cottage, 50 London RoadGrade II Listed (1983)
A two-storey timber framed house probably late 17th century. The ground floor of the south front is refaced in stucco and the first floor is tile hung. It is shown as 'Crawley Workhouse' on the Tithe Map.

Northgate Avenue
Northgate Avenue, between the town centre and Hazelwick Roundabout, opened in 1956.

Three Bridges

Were the road from Three Bridges to Tinsley Green, and the road from The Sun Inn, Crawley, to Hazelwick Mill crossed. Crossways was just to the south of the current flyover and roundabout at the junction of Hazelwick Avenue, Gatwick Road and Crawley Avenue.

Haslett Avenue
Haslett Avenue was built in April 1962 between the town centre and Three Bridges. In his book, How I Chose Crawley street Names, John Goepel states that it was named by the Town Council as a tribute to Dame Caroline Haslett. However, an article in the Crawley Observer has suggested that the road was actually named after her father, Robert Haslett. The article goes on to say that after her death her youngest sister, Rosalind Messenger, wrote to Crawley Development Corporation proposing the road be named after their father; this suggestion being taken up instead of an earlier plan to call it Eastwood Avenue. The road was later renamed Haslett Avenue East.
How I Chose Crawley street Names, John Goepel, Crawley Museum Society (1993)
Caroline or Robert Haslett - What's in a street name?, Crawley Observer, 1st August 2018

Hazelwick Avenue
Hazelwick Avenue was built in 1960 and linked the industrial estate with Three Bridges.

Hazelwick Mill and Pond

Hazelwick Road

Montefiore Institute The Montefiore Institute was built in 1896 by the Montefiore family for the use of Worth Park Estate workers. In 1931 the hall was given by deed of covenant to the village for their use. It has been used as a polling station, Sunday school and as a meeting place for local organisations. The 'Monte', Crawley Museum Society Society Newsletter No. 4, Winter 1990

High Street
Station Approach

Tilgate Lodge and Hedley House

View west from Hedley House
The Plough looking east

New Street

Punch Copse

Punch Copse where the path joins North Road at Crossways

Punch Copse lay to the south of Tushmore Lane (the northern end of which is now part of Woodfield Road) and west of North Road. The crossroad at Tushmore Lane, North Road, Tinsley Lane and Hazelwick Mill Lane was known as Crossways.

Station Hill

The cottages on Station Hill - leading to the original Three Bridges station entrance - were built in the 1850s. A kitchen range from these cottages are on display at Crawley Museum as part of a Victorian kitchen exhibit.