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Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
is a town in the Mid Sussex
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
Gatwick Airport
and 31 miles (50 km) east northeast of the county town of Chichester. Nearby towns include Burgess Hill
Burgess Hill
to the southwest, Horsham
Horsham
to the northwest, Crawley
Crawley
north-northwest and East Grinstead
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, Brighton, Crawley
Crawley
or Gatwick for work.[3]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Bolnore Village 2.2 Future

3 Geography 4 Transport links

4.1 Rail 4.2 Road

5 Local attractions, culture and facilities 6 Education

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 12 References 13 External links

Etymology[edit] The name Hayward comes from Old English meaning an official who protected hedged enclosures from wandering livestock.[4] There is a local legend that the name comes from a highwayman who went under the name of Jack Hayward.[5][6] History[edit] Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
is referenced in English Civil War
English Civil War
records[7] when early in December 1642 the High Sheriff of Sussex
Sussex
(Sir Edward Ford) advanced with Royalist troops towards Lewes
Lewes
in East Sussex
Sussex
from Chichester
Chichester
in West Sussex. He was intercepted in Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
by local Parliamentarians and defeated. Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
as a settlement is a relatively modern development. Following the arrival of the London & Brighton
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 London
London
and Brighton, enables it to function as a commuter town, with many residents working in London, Brighton, Crawley
Crawley
and Gatwick Airport.[3]

South Road in Haywards Heath

Other noted historical events in the town's history include:

The opening of the Sussex
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 (1864–1904) Schemes in the 1920s to help families on low incomes to become self-sufficient, resulting in the building of Franklands Village in the 1930s.

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 agencies. 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.[8] In 1978 it was converted to a restaurant and offices.[9]

Former Priory

Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
was in East Sussex, but a change to the county boundary in 1974 brought it under the jurisdiction of West Sussex. Bolnore Village[edit] Housing in Haywards Heath
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
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.[10] The new school opened in September 2008. Future[edit] The Mid Sussex
Mid Sussex
District Council is planning to further modernise the town centre, and has published a Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Masterplan which includes renovation plans for the railway station ticket office and new shared parking facilities.[11] The next steps for the redevelopment are currently unclear since the council's chosen developer, Thornfield Properties, went into administration in early 2010.[12] 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
Haywards Heath
Master Plan. Geography[edit]

Neighbouring areas

Cuckfield, Horsham Balcombe, Crawley Lindfield, East Grinstead

Ansty

Haywards Heath

Scaynes Hill, Uckfield

Burgess Hill Wivelsfield North Chailey, Newick

Transport links[edit]

Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
railway station

Rail[edit] Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station
is a major station on the Brighton
Brighton
Main Line. Some of the train services divide at Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
before continuing their journey to the south, or join other services before continuing north. Road[edit] Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
is primarily served by the A272 road, which runs around the south side of the town. This is the new Haywards Heath
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 the A23 road
A23 road
which runs both to Brighton
Brighton
to the south and London
London
to the north. Local attractions, culture and facilities[edit]

The library in Haywards Heath

Bars and restaurants in Broadway Victoria Park Clair Hall – community centre/event centre Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Leisure Centre Borde Hill Gardens Beech Hurst Gardens Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Recreation Ground Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Library Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Cadet Centre Princess Royal Hospital Paul Badham Gallery & Norman Wisdom Exhibition The Orchards Shopping Centre "Town Day" – celebrated in early September each year including fireworks in the evening at Victoria Park.

Education[edit] State schools[edit] 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. Private schools[edit]

Tavistock and Summerhill School
Tavistock and Summerhill School
(1973–2015) Great Walstead School

Twin towns[edit] Haywards Heath
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
Traunstein
Way and there is a German postbox outside the Town Hall to commemorate the link. Sport and leisure[edit] Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
has two Non-League football
Non-League football
clubs, Haywards Heath
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
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
Sussex
Hockey Club. They both play their home games at The Triangle leisure centre in Burgess Hill, and have a shared clubhouse based in Haywards Heath.[13][14] Notable people[edit]

Richard Osman, TV presenter, attended Warden Park School[15] Brett Anderson, Suede singer/songwriter, lived in Newton Court Lindfield, and attended Oathall School and Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Sixth Form College[15] Mat Osman, Suede bassist, attended Oathall School and Haywards Heath Sixth Form College[15] Greta Scacchi, actress, attended Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Grammar School[15] Natasha Bedingfield, singer-songwriter[16]

In Popular Culture[edit] In fiction, the Jennings family in the eponymous series of novels live in Haywards Heath. See also[edit]

Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Living Memories, Author: Wilfrid Jackson, ISBN 1-85937-913-3. Published by Frith Book Company Ltd.

References[edit]

^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex
West Sussex
– Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex
Sussex
County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2009.  ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statististics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 September 2016.  ^ a b "Haywards Heath". westsussex.info. Retrieved 24 May 2013.  ^ "Hayward Webster's Dictionary". Webster's Dictionary. Retrieved 27 December 2009.  ^ Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Master Plan Supplementary Planning Document (PDF) (Report). June 2007. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.  ^ Page, Sarah (2 January 2018). "Notorious highwayman rides again". Mid Sussex
Mid Sussex
Times.  ^ [1][dead link] ^ Good Stuff. "The Minstrels Gallery Restaurant: The Priory Club and Squash Courts – Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
West Sussex
England
England
– British Listed Buildings". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk.  ^ "BBC – Domesday Reloaded: The Priory of Our Lady". domesday.  ^ Curtis, Polly (12 June 2008). "Parents win right to set up eco-school in village woodlands". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2010.  ^ " Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Master Plan". Midsussex.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2013.  ^ " Sussex
Sussex
regeneration plans in doubt after developer goes bust (From The Argus)". Theargus.co.uk. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2013.  ^ "Location – St Francis Hockey Club". Pitchero.com. 29 April 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.  ^ " Mid Sussex
Mid Sussex
Hockey Club". Mshc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2013.  ^ a b c d Herring, Richard (15 December 2017). "RHLSTP 159 - Richard Osman". Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Retrieved 21 December 2017.  ^ "Nicki Minaj's 'Last Chance' Gave Natasha Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield
'Goose Bumps'". MTV News. 24 November 2010. 

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