Northgate, West Sussex
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Northgate is a neighbourhood within the town of Crawley in West Sussex, England, and includes the town centre. Northgate is bordered by West Green to the west, Langley Green to the north, Three Bridges to the east and Southgate to the south.
Before the arrival of the New Town, the name 'Northgate' was associated with the area around the Northgate Toll House located on the London to Brighton road as you entered the town from the North. The area was largely open fields although during the early twentieth century was some ribbon housing development along London Road, Tushmore Lane and Green Lane, Barnfield Road and Woolborough Road.
In the development of the New Town in the 1950s Northgate was the second neighbourhood estate to be built on fields to the north-east of the town. The bulk of the neighbourhood was constructed in 1951-52 by Crawley Development Corporation, but some houses were also built by the Horsham Rural District Council in the early 1950s.
The town centre was also included in the Northgate neighbourhood including the main shopping area of Crawley and the rail and bus stations as was the Manor Royal Industrial Estate to the north of the town and south of Gatwick Airport.
In common with other Crawley districts Northgate was provided with a primary school - originally provided in a prefabricated hut, but permanent buildings were opened in 1953. A parade of shops, a public house and two churches followed in the mid 1950s. The two serving churches are St Paul's Methodist Church situated on Woodfield Road and St Elizabeth which is Church of England situated on the corner of Boundary Road and Barnfield Road.
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