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What Is Life Like In Haywards Heath?
Haywards Heath is set in the beautiful Sussex countryside, 36 miles south of London. Popular with commuters, this town is sure to satisfy any city-worker’s need for a relaxed country lifestyle with city access.
The town attracts many south London families looking to settle down amongst the picturesque South Downs. With close links to London and a lively cultural scene in nearby Brighton, it is an ideal location for first time buyers and young families. Beautiful Victorian and Edwardian houses located close to the station range between £800,000 and £1 million, whilst three to four bedroom terraced houses cost a more modest £350,000 to £400,000.
History Of Haywards Heath
The town of Haywards Heath dates back to 1544, when, as the name suggests, it was established upon a “heath by the enclosure with a hedge”. The town was involved in the English Civil War, with Muster Green becoming the location for the 1642 battle between Parliamentarians and the High Sheriff of Sussex with his Royalist troops. This location is now a conservation area to protect the historical architecture of the town’s centre.
In 1894, Haywards Heath was established as a town and civil parish, separating itself from the smaller neighbouring village of Cuckfield. Haywards Heath owes Cuckfield a great debt for opposing the building of a rail line through their village, as it wasn’t until the completion of the London and Brighton Railway in 1841 that the town’s rapid expansion began. The population has gradually grown to over 27,000 at the last census in 2011.
The first fossilised dinosaur remains found in England were discovered in 1822 within Whitmans Green, Cuckfield. The teeth of a giant prehistoric herbivore, the Iguanodon, were found by Gideon Mantell in a quarry at the village.
Days Out In Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath is located between two of the cultural capitals of the UK: Brighton and London. Brighton, the seaside resort famed for its live music, arts and surfing scene, is a brief 30 minute drive south. Central London is reachable within the hour by train, so you can take advantage of the city’s world-class cultural offerings.
Perfect for family days out in Sussex, the Bluebell Railway is a heritage railway which runs between the border of East and West Sussex. This relaxed country vibe resonates through a lot of the activities on offer. The South Downs and Ashdown Forest are nearby, as are the gardens at Borde Hill and Wakehurst. You’ll find the famed southern coastline a short distance away, with countless kite flying, sailing, surfing, dog walking and hiking opportunities.
Things To Do In Haywards Heath
In addition to the outdoor exploration opportunities, there are fantastic restaurants and shopping locations. Haywards Heath High Street has a great selection of bars and restaurants, including Zizzi’s and Prezzo, as well as a number of foreign cuisine eateries. The Sergison Arms is a historic pub located in one of the town’s oldest buildings, dating back to the 16th century.
The nearby village of Cuckfield shares a sophisticated range of luxurious country brands – including an award-winning women’s boutique named Nicky C. Within Haywards Heath, residents have a choice of super markets, pharmacies, jewellers, clothing and shoe stores.
Schools In Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath and the neighbouring areas of Sussex offer excellent educational facilities.
Nurseries and Preschools include:
- Robins Nest Day Nursery
- The Nursery Playgroup
- Mayflower Playgroup
- Tavistock And Summerhill Preparatory
- The Acorns Nursery School
- St Joseph's Pre-school
- Lindfield Nursery School
Primary schools include:
- Harlands Primary School
- Heyworth Primary School
- Lindfield Primary School
- Northlands Wood Community Primary School
- Wivelsfield Primary School
- St Augustine's Cofe Primary School
- Manor Field Primary School
- St Peter's Cofe Primary School
Secondary schools and higher education include:
- Warden Park School
- Oathall Community College
- St Paul’s Catholic College
- Oakmeeds Community College
Transport In Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath is well connected to neighbouring towns, villages and major cities via efficient transport links.
Haywards Heath train station is located on the direct London & Brighton train line. London is commutable with trains running multiple times an hour. Journeys range between 34 minutes and 1 hour.
Bus And Coaches
Haywards Heath has Metrobus services to surrounding Sussex towns, including Brighton.
London Gatwick International Airport is only 11 miles away, whilst Heathrow International Airport is 36 miles away.
The A272 links Haywards Heath to the A23, which runs a direct route from Brighton to London. Brighton can be reached in around 30 minutes, whilst London takes approximately 90 minutes.