Horsham - A History, by Susan Haines
Published by Phillimore in 2005, 162 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4844)
Brand New Book
From the front inside fly leaf: Horsham has a long and rich history, with surviving written records dating back over a thousand years, but this book delves back even further into prehistoric times, to a period millions of years ago when the site of the town was near the edge of a floodplain, around which dinosaurs roamed.
The book starts with fascinating clues to the culture of some of the earliest settlers, provided by artefacts discovered in and around Horsham. The author chronicles Horsham’s rapid development as a market town and borough in medieval times, the turbulence of the Tudor and Stuart eras, and life in the Georgian period. She examines the impact of the railway and, later, the motor car. The trauma of two World Wars and the town’s drastic expansion in more recent decades are also explored.
This book is a fascinating history of the town over the centuries, and is illustrated throughout with lots of photographs, drawings and maps.