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Crawley town guide

Crawley just to the south of Gatwick Airport, was chosen for development as a new town in 1947, many say because of the far sighted decision of the town to create a by-pass around it in the 1930s.

The history of Crawley stretches back, far beyond this time, to the era of the Saxons and even the Roman occupation of Britain. By AD100, the Romans had settled in Crawley and began to extend and improve the furnaces that had existed from earlier times. This is now remembered in the naming of one of Crawley's neighbourhoods; Furnace Green.

Crawley lies almost halfway between London and the South coast at Brighton. Each in November the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run passes through the town.

This run commemorates the car runs organised to mark the so called Emancipation Act of 1996, this freed the road locomotive or car from the need to have three men in attendance with one walking in front at maximum of 4 mph in the country or 2 mph in the town.

Each year cars built up to 1904 take part in a run from London's Hyde Park to the Marine Drive in Brighton. Not all of the intending participants make it all the way to the finish, but by far the majority do so and are cheered on their way as they pass through towns like Crawley.

The visitor to Crawley may take the opportunity to explore the beautiful Sussex countryside by hire car, there are many delightful villages within easy reach of Crawley, not to mention the south downs and Brighton.

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