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 towns include
Burgess Hill to
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, Brighton,
Crawley or Gatwick
* 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 Famous residents
* 10 See also
* 11 References
* 12 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 gets a mention in
English Civil War
English Civil War records. Early in
December 1642 the High Sheriff of
Sussex (Sir Edward Ford) advanced
with Royalist troops towards
Lewes in East
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
South Road in
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
* 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. Former Priory
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
Haywards Heath centre) with the first houses occupied in
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
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
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.
Scaynes Hill ,
North Chailey ,
Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station
Haywards Heath railway station is a major station on the Brighton
Main 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 the
A23 road which runs both to
Brighton to the south
London to the north.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS, CULTURE AND FACILITIES
The library in
* Bars and restaurants in Broadway
* Victoria Park
* 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 ">
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.
Lawrence Osborne . Novelist and writer
Robert Kazinsky . Actor, best known as Sean Slater in
Matthew Waterhouse . Actor, best known as Adric in
Doctor Who .
Eddie Shah . Founder of Today newspaper, went to nearby Oathall
Frank Reginald Carey . War hero.
* David James . Author, Politician and Adventurer lived in nearby
Wivelsfield Green whilst Conservative MP for
Brighton Kemptown .
Greta Scacchi . Actress, attended
Haywards Heath Grammar School
for a while.
Leslie Ash and her husband
Lee Chapman .
Robert Slade Lucas . Cricketer who played for Middlesex , died in
Franklands Village , Haywards Heath.
Anna Sewell . Writer of Black Beauty, lived in New
Daley Thompson . Olympic decathlete, was a member of Haywards
Heath Harriers Athletics Club.
Tommy Cook .
Sussex County Cricket Club cricketer and England
footballer, born in
Cuckfield played for
* Samantha Marie Sprackling , more commonly known as
Saffron . Lead
singer of the electronica band
Republica , attended Oathall School .
Graham Moseley . Footballer. Goalkeeper for
Tim Godwin , former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan
Haywards Heath Grammar School 1970 - 75
Haywards Heath is the home of the Jennings family.
Haywards Heath Living Memories, Author: Wilfrid Jackson, ISBN
1-85937-913-3 . Published by Frith Book Company Ltd.
* ^ A B "2001 Census:
West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF).
West 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 Master Plan Supplementary Planning Document
(PDF) (Report). June 2007. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on
31 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
* ^ Good Stuff. "The Minstrels Gallery Restaurant: The Priory Club
and Squash Courts –