Crawley is a large town in West Sussex in South East England, located approximately halfway between London and Brighton and 3 miles away from Gatwick Airport. From a small agricultural centre in Saxon times, Crawley saw continued growth initially as a staging post and then with the advent of steam trains. After the World War II Crawley was one of a number of new towns created to accommodate over 1 million Londoners. Since then Crawley has continued to grow rapidly and, with over 300 businesses creating 84,000 jobs, Crawley has a thriving economy. Key sectors in Crawley include Life Sciences, manufacturing and engineering. Excellent transport links to and from Crawley, good schools, Crawley theatre, Crawley cinemas, Crawley sports centres and huge array of shops make Crawley a great place to live and work.
Famous people born in Crawley: Gareth Southgate (footballer) Romesh Ranganathan (comedian), also born in Crawley.