Southwater is a large village situated in the Horsham District of West Sussex. In 2006 the centre of Southwater Village was renewed at a cost of £25 million, creating Lintot Square. Lintot Square is a cluster of shops, pub, restaurants, doctors surgery and Beeson House. Beeson House is home to the parish council, library, and where you will find our Southwater branch. Interestingly, Lintot is a reference to Barnaby Bernard Lintot (1675–1736), an English publisher born in Southwater.
Whilst mixed agriculture provided a lucrative industry for centuries, 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, there was a project implemented to transform the area into a country park, which is now a popular family attraction in the district.
Southwater Country Park is a 70-acre site with three lakes, a visitor centre, a café, a skate park, and Southwater Water Sports Centre with facilities for sailing and canoeing. 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.
Southwater 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.
Another of Southwater’s attractions to families is its superb local schooling, with Outstanding schools just a short walk away for many of the homes.