Church of the Holy Innocents
Southwater shown within West Sussex
|Area||14.00 km2 (5.41 sq mi) |
|Population||10,025  2001 Census|
|- Density||716 /km2 (1,850 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||34 miles (55 km) NNE|
|Shire county||West Sussex|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Southwater is a large village and civil parish in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England with a population of roughly 10,000. Development and certain services are overseen by Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council.
One of the oldest buildings in the parish is Great House Farmhouse, a listed building at Grade II* built up from a late medieval structure in the Tudor period just west of the town; 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 now stands as one of the major family attractions in the district.
In 2006 the centre of Southwater Village has been renewed at a cost of £25 million, and the investment has attracted substantial local business interest and has improved the village significantly for local residents.
Southwater has three pubs; A new pub, the Lintot opened soon after the building of Lintot Square, The unusual name is a reference to Barnaby Bernard Lintot (1675–1736), an early English publisher born in Southwater. There are also two more traditional pubs, the Hen and Chicken and the Cock Inn.
Southwater Country Park is a 70-acre site located close to the centre of the village with three lakes and many easy access paths. It also benefits from a visitor centre with information displays and a café. The site also houses Southwater Water Sports Centre which offers facilities for sailing and canoeing, and in addition there is a children's adventure playground. For those interested in cycling and walking, the country park and new village centre both have direct access to the Downs Link footpath/cycleway. Other facilities on offer include Southwater Skate Park.
The Parish Church
Holy Innocents Anglican church is the first Parish Church in the village of Southwater set in fields. The Church was consecrated by Ashurst Turner Gilbert, Bishop of Chichester, on 7 June 1850, and the parish was formed from part of Horsham Parish in the north and part of Shipley Parish in the south.
|Barns Green, Itchingfield civil parish||Nuthurst|
|Shipley||Dial Post, West Grinstead||Copsale and Maplehurst, Cowfold civil parish|
- "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1286023)". National Heritage List for England.
- "Horsham distric council Southwater Country Park". Southwater Country Park. Retrieved 03/04/11.
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1259780)". National Heritage List for England. Grade II Listing details of Holy Innocents Church.
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