Haywards Heath is a town in the
Mid Sussex District of West Sussex,
within the historic county of Sussex, England. It lies 36 miles
(58 km) south of London, 14 miles (23 km) north of Brighton,
13 miles (21 km) south of
Gatwick Airport and 31 miles
(50 km) east northeast of the county town of Chichester. Nearby
Burgess Hill to the southwest,
Horsham to the northwest,
Crawley north-northwest and
East Grinstead north-northeast. Being a
commuter town with only a relatively small number of jobs available in
the immediate vicinity, mostly in the agricultural or service sector,
many of the residents commute daily via road or rail to London,
Crawley or Gatwick for work.
2.1 Bolnore Village
4 Transport links
5 Local attractions, culture and facilities
6.1 State schools
6.2 Private schools
7 Twin towns
8 Sport and leisure
9 Notable people
10 In Popular Culture
11 See also
13 External links
The name Hayward comes from Old English meaning an official who
protected hedged enclosures from wandering livestock. There is a
local legend that the name comes from a highwayman who went under the
name of Jack Hayward.
Haywards Heath is referenced in
English Civil War
English Civil War records when
early in December 1642 the High Sheriff of
Sussex (Sir Edward Ford)
advanced with Royalist troops towards
Lewes in East
Chichester in West Sussex. He was intercepted in
Haywards Heath by
local Parliamentarians and defeated.
Haywards Heath as a settlement is
a relatively modern development. Following the arrival of the London
Brighton Railway in 1841, its size has increased considerably.
Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station opened on 12 July 1841 and served as
the southern terminus of the line until the completion of Brighton
station on 21 September. The position of Haywards Heath, and its place
on both this railway and near the main road (A23) between
Brighton, enables it to function as a commuter town, with many
residents working in London, Brighton,
Crawley and Gatwick Airport.
South Road in Haywards Heath
Other noted historical events in the town's history include:
The opening of the
Sussex County Lunatic Asylum (later called St
Francis Hospital) in 1859. The superintendent here was, for many
years, Dr Lockhart Robertson, later Lord Chancellor's Visitor, and
brother of the eminent ophthalmologist, Dr Argyll Robertson.
The opening of Bannister's Cattle Market, the 12th largest in UK at
one point, in 1859. This was closed to make way for a Sainsbury's
supermarket in 1989.
The opening of Victorian and Edwardian villas built as early commuter
settlements in 1894
The opening of the Eliot Cottage Hospital, later King Edward VII Eliot
Memorial Hospital, in 1906, named after benefactor, Alice Annie Eliot
Schemes in the 1920s to help families on low incomes to become
self-sufficient, resulting in the building of Franklands Village in
In the 1960s and 1970s, two light industrial estates were built.
Office development has lately resulted in the town being a regional or
national centre for a number of national companies and government
The population has risen from 200 in the early 1850s to 22,800 (2001
census), making it one of the larger towns in West Sussex. The area of
the civil parish is 974.99 hectares (2,409.3 acres).
The parish church, dedicated to St Wilfrid, and the Roman Catholic
church of St Paul are among the churches and chapels in Haywards
Heath. Other places of worship include the Methodist church in
Perrymount Road and two Baptist churches, St Richards (C of E), the
Church of the Presentation (C of E) and the Ascension Church (C of E).
The Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel on Franklynn Road was built in
1886 and is Grade II listed. In 1978 it was converted to a
restaurant and offices.
Haywards Heath was in East Sussex, but a change to the county boundary
in 1974 brought it under the jurisdiction of West Sussex.
Haywards Heath has been expanded significantly in the last
ten years due to the creation of Bolnore Village, located to the south
west of the existing town. Planning permission was first granted in
the late 1990s for 780 new homes on a greenfield site. The first house
was completed in October 2002. Since then, phases 1, 2 and 3 have been
built by the house builders
Crest Nicholson in conjunction with
several other developers. Housing was followed by the construction of
various commercial units—currently occupied by the Co-operative
Supermarket and the country's first self-governing parent-promoted
primary school in September 2010. A pavilion and recreation ground
will follow in 2013. Construction of the final phases of Bolnore
village (phases 4 and 5) commenced in 2011 (located closer to Haywards
Heath centre) with the first houses occupied in September 2012.
The decision to grant planning permission for Bolnore Village was
somewhat controversial, since the Ashenground and Catts Woods on that
site formed a
Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).
As a condition for planning permission, the developers are required to
build a relief road for the town, often referred to as Haywards Heath
by-pass, which has re-routed the A272 to the south side of the town.
Construction work on the relief road commenced in 2012, with it being
completed in August 2014, the previous A272 route through Haywards
Heath has been renamed to the B2272.
In 2008, local residents won a bid to set up and run their own primary
school for the village. The new school opened in September 2008.
Mid Sussex District Council is planning to further modernise the
town centre, and has published a
Haywards Heath Masterplan which
includes renovation plans for the railway station ticket office and
new shared parking facilities. The next steps for the
redevelopment are currently unclear since the council's chosen
developer, Thornfield Properties, went into administration in early
2010. However, the council remains committed to achieving the
redevelopment through alternative developers.
A further 685 homes are due to be built in the final phases of Bolnore
Village (phases 4 and 5), and new homes are also expected to be built
in the town centre as part of the
Haywards Heath Master Plan.
Lindfield, East Grinstead
Scaynes Hill, Uckfield
North Chailey, Newick
Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station is a major station on the
Line. Some of the train services divide at
Haywards Heath before
continuing their journey to the south, or join other services before
Haywards Heath is primarily served by the A272 road, which runs around
the south side of the town. This is the new
Haywards Heath by-pass,
which was opened (ahead of schedule) in August 2014. It diverts town
centre traffic south of the town, just south of Bolnore Village,
Ashenground and the Princess Royal Hospital. The old A272 through the
town centre is now the B2272. Following the A272 to the west, it joins
A23 road which runs both to
Brighton to the south and
Local attractions, culture and facilities
The library in Haywards Heath
Bars and restaurants in Broadway
Clair Hall – community centre/event centre
Haywards Heath Leisure Centre
Borde Hill Gardens
Beech Hurst Gardens
Haywards Heath Recreation Ground
Haywards Heath Library
Haywards Heath Cadet Centre
Princess Royal Hospital
Paul Badham Gallery & Norman Wisdom Exhibition The Orchards
"Town Day" – celebrated in early September each year including
fireworks in the evening at Victoria Park.
Oathall Community College
Oathall Community College is a secondary school for the town and
surrounding area. Facilities include a school farm. There are also
several primary schools.
Tavistock and Summerhill School
Tavistock and Summerhill School (1973–2015)
Haywards Heath is twinned with:
Bondues, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Traunstein, Bavaria, Germany
A major road in the Bolnore Village area of the town has been named
Traunstein Way and there is a German postbox outside the Town Hall to
commemorate the link.
Sport and leisure
Haywards Heath has two
Non-League football clubs,
Haywards Heath Town
F.C. who play at Hanbury Park and
St Francis Rangers F.C.
St Francis Rangers F.C. who play at
The Colwell Ground.
Haywards Heath also has a rugby union team. Due to their errant
passing methods they have occasionally been nicknamed 'Waywards
Sheath' by disretutable part-time sports journalist, Rick O'Shea.
The area has two hockey clubs nearby: St Francis Hockey Club and Mid
Sussex Hockey Club. They both play their home games at The Triangle
leisure centre in Burgess Hill, and have a shared clubhouse based in
Richard Osman, TV presenter, attended Warden Park School
Brett Anderson, Suede singer/songwriter, lived in Newton Court
Lindfield, and attended Oathall School and
Haywards Heath Sixth Form
Mat Osman, Suede bassist, attended Oathall School and Haywards Heath
Sixth Form College
Greta Scacchi, actress, attended
Haywards Heath Grammar School
Natasha Bedingfield, singer-songwriter
In Popular Culture
In fiction, the Jennings family in the eponymous series of novels live
in Haywards Heath.
Haywards Heath Living Memories, Author: Wilfrid Jackson,
ISBN 1-85937-913-3. Published by Frith Book Company Ltd.
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