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 their own driveways, or even in or out of the village. A collision or roadworks on the A264 or the M23 close to the village invariably leads to a huge traffic jam along Horsham Road.

The heavy everyday traffic is caused not only by commuters who use Horsham Road in Pease Pottage as an alternative to the overcrowded A264 bypass, but also by a substantial recent increase in the population of the village. Several new housing estates have been built in the last decade or so, and the limited amount of public transport means that almost every new house adds one or two cars to the roads.

The most recently completed housing estate occupies the site of the discontinued Fairway Golf Driving Range on Horsham Road. In April 2018, Denton Homes announced plans to build offices and 43 houses on the former Met Office site next to the old driving range. The Mid Sussex District Council website contains details of the planning application.

An outfit called Thakeham Homes has proposed the building of an unspecified number of houses on the large amount of farmland surrounding Woodhurst. 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. So far, neither of these proposals has succeeded. 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


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There are plenty of things Pease Pottage doesn’t have.

Miscellaneous Facts

  • 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.