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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Horley was 23,000.
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Sitting in the Weald, the area around that is now Horley was originally forested, marshy and of little use for farming. By the time of the Saxons, like much of Surrey, Horley was owned by the monks of Chertsey Abbey who continued to hold it until Henry VIII did away with monasteries altogether (having had a bit of a tiff and divorced the Pope and his church). Horley wasn’t big enough to get a mention in the Domesday book.
Horley was undisturbed by the Anarchy or the Civil War, in fact the next big shake up was far kinder. In 1627 local man Michael Hardinge left an endowment to fund a school for the children of Horley and surrounding villages. His legacy helped educate children including those from an orphanage at Wroxton until it closed in 1969. The Michael Hardinge Trust is now a visitor centre teaching rural studies and also serves as the town hall.
The Enclosure Act of 1765 removed the obstacles preventing poor people from owning and farming their own land and this shaped the modern town which continued to be a rural and agricultural centre until well into the 20th century. Quarrying and weaving also provided local jobs along with a flour mill which was dismantled during WWII and the parts used to help with the war effort
One huge badge on the arm of Horley’s pristine uniform was the arrival of the first scout patrol in 1908, that might not toast your marshmallows, but the president of the group was none-other than Lord Baden Powell, Horley resident and founder of the worldwide Cub Scout movement.
Cars also came to town when Horley Motor & Engineering Co. manufactured cars and vans at a site on Balcombe Road, however it closed down in 1909 after just 5 years. Prisoners of war were held nearby during WWI and German POWs were put to work building a new freight train line. Probably the biggest event in the town’s history was the opening of Gatwick Airport by Her Majesty the Queen in 1958. The airport continues to be one of the biggest employers in the area both directly and from secondary services supplying the airport and airlines.
Just like you, Horley has moved a few times, the Local Government Act 1972 moved the boundary of Surrey and West Sussex putting Horley, Gatwick and Charlwood in West Sussex. Local opposition rallied against the rebranding and in a game of swapsies, Gatwick remained part of West Sussex while Horley and Charlwood were returned to their Surrey routes.
Horley Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Horley, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.
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Secure Household Storage in Horley
Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?
With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.
Why use Over’s for your storage needs?
Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.