Haywards Heath

Haywards Heath

Explore the history and community of Haywards Heath,


Images of Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Lindfield and other West Sussex places can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

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The current edition of the Mid Sussex Times and The Argus are available to view at Haywards Heath Library and kept for three months. A browsable collection of newspaper cuttings on local topics is kept at Haywards Heath Library.

Back issues of the Mid Sussex Times 1881-2016 (incomplete) are available on microfilm at Crawley Library.

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Back issues for 2017 plus the years 1914-1925 and 1939-1945 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies.

The ArgusMid Sussex Times and West Sussex Gazette are available to library members from home via Press Reader

Some content from RH Uncovered magazine and Lindfield Life magazine is available online.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in Haywards Heath and West Sussex from 1785-2019 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the Mid Sussex Times 1881-1945. You can access the BNA for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library. 

For any enquiries about newspapers, please use our Ask a Librarian form.


A current map of Haywards Heath can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of Haywards Heath are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database.


Some Kellys Sussex Directories can be found on Ancestry - available free in all West Sussex Libraries. Some directories are available as digitised copies on the public computers in all libraries  - see our Digitised Directories Helpsheet. You can search the library catalogue to see which directories are available on microfiche. For any queries, please use our Ask a Librarian form.

House History

If you are researching the history of your house, the National Archives House Research Guide is a good place to start.

West Sussex Record Office also have many sources to help with your investigations.

Online Resources

Celebrating Haywards Heath

A blog about the history of the town

Historic Character Assessment Reports: 

Haywards Heath



Vision of Britain (key data and statistics):

Haywards Heath



History of Beech Hurst Gardens

A popular local park and attraction

Sussex Record Society Bibliographies:

Haywards Heath



History of Franklands Village

One of the communities of Haywards Heath

History of Haywards Heath Methodist Church

Cuckfield Compendium

Started in the 1990s to encourage and assist the study and research of Local History, Family History and Genealogy in Cuckfield.

Cuckfield Burial Register Transcriptions

Victoria County History - Cuckfield

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the Victoria County History (VCH) is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day.

Places of Interest

Borde Hill Garden

Wakehurst Place

Beech Hurst Park and Miniature Railway

Cuckfield Museum

Local Walks

Walking in England: Haywards Heath

Haywards Heath Circular Walk to Bedelands Nature Reserve

Circular Walk from Hazelgrove Road

Beech Hurst, Bolnore and Muster Green

Franklands Village Circular

Local Information

Haywards Heath Town Council

Local government body covering Haywards Heath

Cuckfield Parish Council

Lindfield Parish Council

Mid Sussex Town Council

Cuckfield Village Online

Local Organisations

Clair Parkrun

Haywards Heath Harriers Athletics Club

South of England Event Centre

The Lindfield Preservation Society

Promoting and encouraging the preservation and sympathetic development of the village

Lindfield History Project Group

Unlocking and Presenting the Heritage of Lindfield Parish

Haywards Heath in Days Gone By Facebook Group

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

More Help and Information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

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