A Brief History of Goffs Park

Despite being designated a New Town in 1947, Crawley has in fact a very long history and can claim to have been a NewTown several times over! The area which is now Goffs Park has records of settlemant dating back to the 1300's.

The Public House and Restarant known as Goffs Manor, close to the southern entrance to the park, (the one through which you entered this site), is one of Crawley's oldest houses dating back to about 1450. It was never a manor house but the residence of a farmer named Adam Goffe. In the 1980's the house was owned by Peter Vaughan (Grouty from the BBC TV series Porridge) and his actress wife Lilias Walker. However, the house is now owned by a brewery and has been extended (sympathetically) with the addition of a dining lounge. The managers of the estsablishment have been very helpful to the Friends of Goffs Park and hsve assisted with the organisation of our " Poems and Pints " events! You can see pictures from this event on another page.The main building in the Park - known as Goffs Park HouseĀ - is more modern and was built in 1882 by a Horsham banker Edwin Henty and designed by a local architect R S Buck.
The view below, on the left, is as you enter the park. On the right, the rear, is the view from the park. - Crawley Museum is housed in the extreme right.of the building viewed from the front approach.

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