After leaving East Grinstead we went to Crawley where we were staying for the night. There has been a settlement at Crawley since Saxon times. In 1947 it was designated a New Town and work started to create businesses and homes, the idea being to move people out of London. We didn’t have time to explore the town so we only saw the new town and the modern shopping centre in which the Waterstones is located.
The picture below is called Family Group and is by sculptor Richard Browne (1921-1990). When Crawley was designated as a New Town its population stood at around 9,500, within twelve years it had increased to 50,000! This sculpture was commissioned to represent the growth of the population