Haywards Heath

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Haywards Heath
Downtown Haywards Heath
Downtown Haywards Heath
Coordinates 51 ° 0 ′  N , 0 ° 6 ′  W Coordinates: 51 ° 0 ′  N , 0 ° 6 ′  W
OS National Grid TQ335245
Haywards Heath (England)
Haywards Heath
Haywards Heath
Residents 22,800 (as of 2001)
surface 9.75 km² (3.76  mi² )
Population density: 2338 inhabitants per km²
ZIP code section RH16, RH17
prefix 01444
Part of the country England
region South East England
Shire county West Sussex
District Mid Sussex
Website: www.haywardsheath.gov.uk

Haywards Heath is a town in the Mid Sussex district , West Sussex , England . It is 12 miles north of the seaside resort of Brighton and 15 miles south of Gatwick Airport . Haywards Heath is the administrative seat of the Mid Sussex district.


The name Hayward comes from the Old English language and means something like hedge fence . Unlike other cities in the region, Haywards Heath's history doesn't go far back in time. Until the late 19th century, today's town was little more than wasteland that belonged to nearby Hayworths Manor .

It was only with the establishment of the Brighton Main Line that the development of Haywards Heath began. With the opening of the station on July 12, 1841 and later the construction of the nearby A23 expressway, Haywards Heath quickly developed into a "commuter town", with residents mainly working in London , Gatwick , Crawley or Brighton.

Among other things, the growth triggered by the infrastructural connection meant that various institutions quickly settled. Beginning in 1859, a home for the mentally ill, a large cattle market, a hospital and numerous Victorian and Edwardian villas were built.

In the 1960s and 1970s, two companies in the light industry were also settled before Haywards Heath developed into the regional base of numerous British companies in the service sector . Until 1974 Haywards Heath belonged to the county of East Sussex , was but after a change in the boundaries of the county of West Sussex assigned.


The District Council of Mid Sussex is currently planning a further modernization of the city center of Haywards Heath and in 2007 published the "Haywards Heath Master Plan". This provides for a renovation of the train station and various streets. In addition, with the Bolnore Village, a large new housing estate, a new district is being built. With this development plan the decision for a bypass was made.



The Brighton – London railway line and the nearby A23 and A272 expressways are very important. Haywards Heath Station is one of the main stations on the route and has frequent service , especially during rush hour .


Haywards Heath owns ten public and three private schools.


  • Victoria Park
  • Clair Hall - Community and events center
  • Olympos Haywards Heath - Leisure Center
  • Borde Hill Gardens
  • Beech Hurst Gardens
  • Haywards Heath Library
  • Nymans Garden in Handcross

Twin cities

Haywards Heath has two twin cities, the French Bondues and the German Traunstein , after which a main street, the Traunstein Way , was named.

Sons and daughters


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

Web links

Commons : Haywards Heath  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Mid Sussex District Council (Ed.): Haywards Heath Town Center Masterplan . June 2007 (English, midsussex.gov.uk haywards_heath_master_plan.pdf ). midsussex.gov.uk haywards_heath_master_plan.pdf ( Memento of the original from July 30, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.midsussex.gov.uk