A new book details in pictures and informative captions the life of Haywards Heath.
Put together by Colin Manton, who lives in the town, Haywards Heath Through Time has 96 pages packed with photographs, some of them comparing scenes of the past with those of today.
In his introduction Colin says: “Haywards Heath has a distinctive and fascinating history, although it is often described as a new town without any past. The town may have become ‘large’ but it is certainly not “quite amorphous’- to quote the words of Nairn and Pevsner in 1965. Colin details the rise of the town alongside the introduction of the railway, the “great iron road”. The town developed either side of the railway and indeed in 1881 the Mid Sussex Times published its first edition from its then Boltro Road offices literally a stone’s throw from the railway. Colin reminds us that the town was historically a scattered settlement of manors, farmsteads, tracks, inns and mills, originally called Haywards Hoth, part of the manor of Hayward Hoth and Trubweeke in 1638.
Its Civil War connections are reported, but one of the most fascinating aspects of the book is the comparisons using old and later photographs of familiar sights in the town, for example Butlers Green and the Sergison Arms, restored to its orginal name after a rather daft period when it was re-named the Dolphin.
The book is priced at £14.99 and is available from Cuckfield Museum and all good bookshops, quoting ISBN 978 14456 0902 7 and is published by Amberley Publishing.