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Hailsham (England)
Location in England

City center with the tower of
St. Mary's Church in the background
Basic data
status Town and Civil Parish
surface 19.4 km²
population 20,476 (as of 2011)
Ceremony county East Sussex
District Wealden
Constituency Wealden
Website: www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk

Hailsham is a town ( Town ) and a Civil Parish in East Sussex in the south east of England . It is the capital of the Wealden district and in 2011 had just under 20,500 inhabitants.


The name of the city comes from the Anglo-Saxon name "Haegel's Ham" (ham means clearing). In the Domesday Book this has already developed into Hamelsham and in the 13th century to Aylesham. The current form of the name has existed since the late 16th century. 1252 Hailsham got the market rights . Markets continued thereafter until 1639 and resumed in the late 18th century, with the cattle trade growing in importance. In the middle of the 16th century the population reached 300. In the course of the 19th century it grew from 1000 to 3500. The rope factory founded by Thomas Burfield in 1780 played a major role in this upswing. In the following century, industrial production was expanded to include numerous other goods associated with rope manufacture.

In 1849, Hailsham got a railway connection to Polegate as part of the later legendary Cuckoo Line , which was later continued to Tunbridge Wells . It existed until 1968 (the route now serves as a bike and footpath and is called the Cuckoo Trail ). Today (2005) Hailsham is primarily a commuter city ​​and has over 18,000 inhabitants.


The church dominates the cityscape, especially in the area of ​​the northern High Street, in the extension of which it is located. The church is surrounded by an old cemetery.


Herstmonceux Castle is also in the administrative area of ​​Hailsham .

Web links

Commons : Hailsham  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Hailsham  Travel Guide

Coordinates: 50 ° 52 '  N , 0 ° 15'  E