Colgate, West Sussex

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Colgate is located in West Sussex
 Colgate shown within West Sussex
Area  22.44 km2 (8.66 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,119 [1] 2001 Census
   – density  50/km2 (130/sq mi)
OS grid reference TQ230328
   – London  29 miles (47 km) N 
Civil parish Colgate
District Horsham
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HORSHAM
Postcode district RH12
Dialling code 01293
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Horsham
List of places
West Sussex

Coordinates: 51°04′53″N 0°14′39″W / 51.08148°N 0.24428°W / 51.08148; -0.24428

Colgate is a small village and civil parish in the Horsham district of West Sussex, England, about four miles (6 km) north east of Horsham.

A small village, with its origins at the northern edge of St. Leonards Forest, it has no shops or retail facilities. There is a pub "The Dragon", and a church and a small primary school. There is a range of architectural styles in the village, with houses present from several different design eras. In the late twentieth century there have been some small developments of new houses in the centre of the village.[citation needed]

Nearby settlements include the similar[how?] villages of Faygate and Pease Pottage, and the village is located close to the towns of both Horsham and Crawley.


The area is associated with the Wealden iron industry, Col possibly referring to charcoal burners. Many hammer ponds are still visible within the parish. Gate is thought[by whom?] to refer to an entrance to the historically much larger St. Leonards Forest.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 

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