Crawley New Town: Other religions

A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1987.

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'Crawley New Town: Other religions', in A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town, (London, 1987) pp. 93. British History Online [accessed 25 April 2024]


A site for a synagogue was offered by the development corporation in 1962 and received planning approval in 1964, but there appears to be no evidence that it was built. (fn. 1) Crawley Jewish congregation met at the Quaker meeting house in Ifield c. 1971. (fn. 2) There was a Progressive Jewish congregation c. 1984. (fn. 3)

Siri Guru Singh Sabha, a Sikh charitable society, was founded in 1969 and began worshipping at Three Bridges community hall. It registered the former apprentice training college, Spencers Road, West Green, as a Gurdwara in 1982. The Crawley Sikh Union was formed in 1974, and still existed c. 1984. (fn. 4)

A charity to promote Islam was founded in 1982, (fn. 5) and a house in London Road was registered as a mosque in 1984. (fn. 6) Another Islamic group was alleged in 1985 to have used a house in Fennel Crescent, Broadfield, as a mosque since 1984. (fn. 7)

Baha'i and Hindu congregations existed c. 1984, apparently meeting in private houses or community centres. (fn. 8)


  • 1. C.N.T. 2nd Ann. Rep. 1964, 13; C.D.C. mins. of 354th meeting, no. 6239 (copy in Crawley Ref. Libr., local hist. files).
  • 2. Crawley Official Guide (1971-2).
  • 3. Crawley Official Inf. Handbk. [1984].
  • 4. C.N.T. 2nd Ann. Rep. 1964, 13; Char. Com. files; G.R.O. Worship Reg. nos. 71808, 75975.
  • 5. Char. Com. files.
  • 6. G.R.O. Worship Reg. no. 76586.
  • 7. W.Suss. Gaz. 15 Aug. 1985.
  • 8. Crawley Official Inf. Handbk. [1984]; Crawley Official Guide (1983).