Southwater is a large village situated in the Horsham District of West Sussex. An ever-popular area for families with an Ofsted Outstanding primary school, extensive countryside with the bigger amenities of Horsham town on your doorstep.
In 2006 the centre of Southwater Village was development, creating Lintot Square. Lintot Square boasts a cluster of shops, pub, restaurants, doctors surgery and Beeson House. Beeson House is home to the parish council, library and host to many local groups and activities. Interestingly, Lintot is a reference to Barnaby Bernard Lintot (1675–1736), an English publisher born in Southwater.
Much of the population of Southwater originated from the workforce of the brick industry which thrived in the clay-pits until the 1980s. Following the closure of the brickworks, the area was transformed into a country park, which remains a popular family attraction. Southwater Country Park is a 70-acre site with three lakes, a visitor centre, a café, a skate park, and Southwater Water Sports Centre. The latest addition is Dinosaur Island, a children’s play area aptly named, after a real iguanodon skeleton was found in one the lakes. There is also direct access to the Downs Link footpath/cycleway, providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy the country surroundings.
Southwater also provides excellent commuter links with quick road access to the A24, M23 and A281, serving Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Gatwick and Guildford. Buses run every 15 minutes to Horsham train station and Gatwick.