New Towns, Our Town: Crawley
An area inhabited since the Stone Age, Crawley was known as a market town from the 13th century and after the Second World War, developed as one of the UK’s first new towns.
This captivating archive film package features extracts all the way from the late 1920s until 1976. See a parade commemorating the Coronation of King George VI; rare footage from HRH Princess Elizabeth’s visit to Crawley in 1950; and cheer for your favourites while watching extracts from local football and hockey matches from the 1960s.
Image credits, top to bottom: Crawley Events, 1927-1937, Percy Nightingale (Screen Archive South East); Green Line, 1980, Beryl Armstrong (Screen Archive South East); Crawley & District Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, 1920s, Percy Nightingale (Screen Archive South East)
16 January & 7 February, Crawley Museum
22 February, Crawley U3A Film Group
27 February, St Peter’s Church West Green
7 March, Three Bridges Free Church
16 March, The Royal Naval Association, Crawley Labour Supporters Sports and Social Club
19 March, NHS Retirement Fellowship, Crawley Hospital