David Dunbar was a long-standing Crawley inhabitant, and a man of many parts, both within the village (including being church organist and choirmaster for many years) and the wider world.

In particular, he had an avid interest in local history.  As well as writing the definitive history of the parish of Crawley “… a finer place to live“, he gathered together a comprehensive collection of historical books and documents about Crawley and the area around.

This collection was passed to the Village Hall trustees when David died in 2014, and much of it is now available to residents of Crawley, in a wall cupboard in the Finch meeting room.  If you wish to borrow a book or document, please sign for it in the register and return it within two weeks.  A full list of the books and documents is here:

Historical books and documents of Crawley Village