Broadbridge Heath is a
village and civil
parish in the Horsham
district of West
about two miles west of Horsham itself,
being just on the other side of the A24 road.
Brethren's Meeting Room
The village began life as a scattered group of houses around an
unenclosed common before the 19th Century, and by 1844 there were
about twelve houses and an inn there. However, despite the
enclosure of the heath in the 1850s, there was little development
until the late 1880s when land along the main Horsham to Five Oaks
Road was offered for sale and large numbers of semi-detached houses
were built there over the next 13 years.
After the Second World War, the pace of development increased and
many large housing estates were built to the south of the village
between then and the 1980s. At about this time, bypasses were built
to the south and west of the village, reducing traffic congestion
in the village, and a supermarket and leisure centre were built on
the land left vacant by the closure of an army camp (formerly the
UK Bomb Disposal Unit Headquarters) on Wickhurst Lane.
The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley
was born at Field Place, which stands about a mile to the north of
The bestselling novelist Georgette Heyer lived at the Swan Ken,
Broadbridge Heath for several months in 1931.
Shops & Businesses
- A Post office and convenience store.
- Barber's and Hairdresser's shops.
- A Smithy.
- Dealerships for new and used Vauxhall and Peugeot cars, the
latter with its own petrol station.
large Tesco supermarket
with its own petrol station to the south of the village on the
other side of A264.
- A retail park with branches of Halfords, Homebase and
Carpet Right, also to the south of the
- A public house (The Shelley
- The Lawson-Hunt industrial estate.
- Newbridge Nurseries, a retail garden centre on the Billinghurst
Leisure and Social
- A large leisure centre with full size running track and
football pitches, and the District's Indoor bowls centre.
- A cricket ground.
- A village centre and social club.
- A scout hall, home to several Scouting organisations, but also
used for charity and social functions.
- St John's Church (Anglican)
- The Brethren's Meeting Room.
Shelley County Primary School, located on Wickhurst Lane provides
mainstream education for boys and girls aged between 4 and 11
- Hudson, T. P. (Editor), Baggs A. P., Currie, C. R. J.,
Elrington, C. R., Keeling, S. M. and Rowland, A. M. (1986) A
History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6. (Part 2 Bramber Rape
(North-Western Part) including Horsham.)