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Horsham is a market town on the upper reaches of the River Arun in the centre of the Weald, West Sussex and is within the historic county of Sussex, England. The town is 31mi south south-west of London, 18.5mi north-west of Brighton and 26mi north-east of the county town of Chichester. Nearby towns include Crawley to the north-east and Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill to the south-east. It is the administrative and market centre of Horsham District Council area.HistoryThe first historical record of Horsham is from AD 947. The name either originates from "Horse Ham", meaning a place where horses were kept, or "Horsa's Ham", named for a Saxon warrior who was granted land in the area.The town has historically been known for horse trading in early medieval times, iron and brick making up until the 20th century, and brewing more recently.GovernanceHorsham is the largest town in the Horsham District Council area. The second, higher, tier of local government is West Sussex County Council, based in Chichester. In addition there are various Parish Councils.
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