Southwater is a large, densely-populated village located approximately 4 miles south of Horsham.
From the late 19th century until 1981, the brick industry dominated Southwater. The brickwork closure led to Southwater Country Park's creation, with its three lakes constructed from the redundant clay pits.
The 1963 Beeching cuts removed Southwater's railway station and the lines connecting Southwater to Guildford and Shoreham-by-Sea. This disused railway now forms the Downs Link, which can be easily accessed at Southwater Country Park.
Southwater has seen much expansion since the 1980s and is now primarily made up of modern housing.