The Bishopric in Horsham derives its name from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who owned the land in the fifteenth century and received a charter to hold regular markets.
Markets have featured in the Bishopric ever since and continue today, with the Horsham General Market taking place every Saturday.
From 1996 to 2016, the Bishopric was home to “Rising Universe,” a hydraulic water sculpture more commonly known as the Shelley Fountain. It was arguably Horsham’s most iconic landmark but was decommissioned and removed due to high running and maintenance costs.
First-time visitors to the Bishopric should note it comprises of two distinct areas separated by Albion Way. To the East is the pedestrianised section that extends from West Street. The Western part of the Bishopric lies on the A281, which also forms Guildford Road.