The Train Now Standing In The Orchards...

Is about to depart!

Did you know there will be TWO train stations in our Town on Sunday 18th September?

Haywards Heath is on track for a great celebration on Sunday 18th September, as the Town commemorates the arrival of the first steam engine in 1841. There’ll be lots of Victorian fun for all the family, based on a railway theme - a Victorian Fun Fair, a Grand Parade (with four marching bands including the Royal Yeomanry), Sussex Yeomanry’s daring military demonstration, Children’s Train Station Adventures, the Bluebell’s Stepney, horse and carriage rides, Maypole Dancing, Punch & Judy, Jugglers and much much more; so truly a great day out for all the family – so don’t forget your Victorian costume! 

AND, to ensure that everyone who loves trains does get to ride, The Orchards will be the Station Stop for Lennie the Land Train to take passengers around the Town.  

Commemorative legacies will be unveiled in the Station, showing the first train as well as a mosaic made by all local schools and another by our local Twinning Association.

But did you know that, in 1825, John Rennie’s proposed ‘direct’ London to Brighton railway was vigorously opposed by the town and parish of Cuckfield.  Lindfield also opposed the coming of the railway so the line passed between them with a "Station for Cuckfield and Lindfield", shortly named Hayward's Heath; this was the terminus until the line opened to Brighton three months later, putting Haywards Heath firmly on the map. 

Building began around the station immediately, with a timber merchant’s yard and a beer shop probably on the site of the later, now demolished, Liverpool Arms, and the Station Hotel (now Hayworthe House) completed by 1843. By 1887 Haywards Heath was recognised as a town.