About Pease Pottage
Pease Pottage (sometimes spelt ‘Peas Pottage’) is a small, unspectacular village just south of Crawley in West Sussex.
It stands at the point where the M23 joins the A23, about halfway between London and Brighton, and is just a couple of miles from Nymans Garden, the well–known National Trust property in Handcross.
Traffic Congestion in Pease Pottage
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people drive through Pease Pottage every day. Many of them use the village as an alternative to the A264, the bypass which was intended to link Horsham, Crawley and the M23, but which is often unable to cope with the amount of traffic generated by the large number of people who live in Crawley and work in Horsham, and vice versa.
Pease Pottage is blighted by road traffic, especially during the morning rush hour. It is often very difficult for residents to get in or out of the village. The problem will only get worse if Rural Eco Ltd succeed in their plan to build another 50 houses on the edge of the village.
In addition to these houses, an outfit called Thakeham Homes is proposing to build an unspecified number of houses on land surrounding Woodhurst, and in September 2013 there was a planning application to build “95 residential dwellings” on the site of the discontinued Fairway Golf Driving Range.
The most ambitious plan so far is to build no fewer than 600 houses and other buildings on the site of the Pease Pottage Car Boot Sale, close to the busy M23/A23 roundabout. See the Latest News page for more information about this planning application. If permission is granted for anything like 600 houses, Pease Pottage will have completed its evolution from a peaceful village to a gridlocked small town.
I took them along the side road which starts from Pease Pottage (and in those days the old inn was there), but before doing so I asked them severally whether they had any curse on them which forbade them to drink ale of a morning.
— Hilaire Belloc, The Four Men: a Farrago
Pease Pottage contains, amongst other things:
- two pubs one pub (now that the Grapes is closed);
- a motorway service station;
- a large car scrap yard;
- a 27–hole golf club;
- an internment camp;
- a car boot sale in the summer;
- and a very short cycle lane.
There are plenty of things Pease Pottage doesn’t have.
- Pease Pottage is just under 500 feet above sea level.
- The annual London to Brighton veteran car run passes through the village on the first Sunday in November.
- During the First World War, there was an army camp in Pease Pottage.
- Queen Victoria came through the village in 1837 on her way to Brighton.
- The village has a very tenuous link to Marilyn Monroe.