Historic sites included in new heritage trail

Hailsham Town Council offices, The Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham SUS-140313-103325001
Hailsham Town Council offices, The Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham SUS-140313-103325001

Residents and visitors to Hailsham can learn more about the town’s heritage and historical significance by walking the Hailsham Heritage Trail this summer.

In partnership with local historian Paul Endersby, a number of buildings and other locations of interest or historical importance were identified by the town council and put together in a guide.

The guide, which launched in 2012, includes historical photos and a description of each of the 27 buildings and locations of interest. The map itself directs people around the town centre and its outskirts visiting such sites as ‘The Stone’, a Grade II listed building originally built in the 1320s and probably the oldest house in the town, and Hailsham Parish Church, a Grade I listed building dating back to the early 15th century.

The Trail also covers the ‘Fleur de Lys/Inglenook’ in Market Street – which was originally built in the reign of Elizabeth I (1542) as part of the original hostelry of the town, and ‘Cortlandt’ in George Street, a Grade II listed building originally occupied by American Philip van Cortlandt who fought on the British side in the American War of Independence, before ceasing to be a residence in 1932 when it was bought by the then Hailsham Rural District Council for use as offices.

Other sites of interest include the Old Court House, Hailsham Pavilion, Wellington Lodge, the old Village School and the former Hailsham Railway Station.

Copies of the Hailsham Heritage Map and Guide are available for members of the public to purchase from the Town Council offices in Market Street for just £1.

Councillor Amanda O’Rawe, said: The trail offers an excellent insight into the town’s heritage and reflects the rich history and personalities of the area.”

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