Hailsham and Nearby
Hailsham is in the south east part of Sussex. Only a few miles away from the coast and the southern Forest Ridge and the South Downs. So Hailsham is situated in a very nice rural area but also in easy reach of Gatwick airport, Channel ferry and London. Also easy reach of nearby towns such as Eastbourne, Hastings and Tunbridge Wells.
The town has old buildings as well as modern ones a good general mix..
When you visit Hailsham the buildings that you could see while walking around the town are;
The Stone which is a very old house and this is on the Vicarage Road/Marshfoot Lane was probably named after an old boundary stone which were In the grounds an goes back to 1320 and in the style of the Wealden Hall houses which they are well known for.
Inside the house there are inglenook fireplaces, bread oven,a priest hide and there were also shuttered windows which were able to slide. This house was owned once by Cardinal Wolsley.
In the High Street you also can see timber-framed buildings which are now shops .
Later buildings which were built is the The Grenadier Inn which dates back to 1803,The Crown Inn and the Corn Exchange which were built in 1793. The Old Vicarage now called the Grange that goes back to the early 18th century.It was built in red and grey bricks.
"WiIlowhyrst" which dates back to the Tudor period; and "Carters Corner Place", once the home of the Right Hon. Lord Hailsham, Quintin Hogg,
Hailsham overlooks the towns Pevensey which is soaked inn history where the Romans had built a castle there. William the Conqueror landed there without anyone challeniging and the Castle was not manned. As the army of that time in 1066 was trying to protect the south coast which was being invaded.
It became a market town as there was agricultural land which surrouns Hailsham and this is the case now but it also has many local industries as well.
Henry 111 formed the Market Charter in the 1252-200 which was before America was discovered.
In the 1980s the shopping centre which is called Quintins which was named after Quintin Hogg who was the Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone.
The Traditional trade in the town of Hailsham was rope making and they even made rope for public hangings for the whole of Great Britain and the Colonies.
In the shopping centre you will find supermarkets Co-op,and there is a Waitrose which is in Vicarage Field not very far from Hailsham.. The shops are just typical for a small market town.
It also has the Cuckoo trail which runs through Hailsham which is lovely for cyclists and walkers. I have walked from Hailsham Lake to the Old Mill which has a nice place to eat and craft things to look at and buy if ones tempted. This is in between Polegate and Hailsham. The actual lenghth of the trail is about 13 miles and it is majority traffic free and safe to either walk or cycle. The actual railway line stretches from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park and it goes through Horam,Hailsham and Polegate.
Along the trail you will find there are places to sit and even have a picnic as there are benches and tables along the Cuckoo Trail.
On your walk or cycle you will find amazing wildlife and wild flowers and trees which some of them are cut so that it will allow light and also there are areas which are shady which is nice on a very hot day. You will not need to walk or cycle too far without able to stop off for refreshments as there are places to have a drink and to eat on route.
You can get there by train as there are Railway Stations at Polegate and Hampden Park
There is a bus service which can take you there and the bus service is 52 but this is the telephone number to check for any changes to the timetable Tel:01323 416416.
Also you can get there by car and there are carparks at Heathfield,Horam,Hellingly,Hailsham,Polegate and Hampden Park.
Hailsham is a small market town in East Sussex. It can be accessed via the A22 road to Eastbourne.
Hailsham's location is good in many ways. Various pleasant towns, cities and days out are in easy driving distance. The seaside town of Eastbourne with its pier, harbour and good shopping opportunities can be visited with a fifteen minute journey. The lovely little town of Lewes with its old architecture and famed bonfire nights can be driven to in half an hour, and Brighton is around 45 minutes away.
Enjoyable days out from Hailsham include trips to places such as Herstmonceux Castle, a beautiful old castle with a lovely lake and moat, which hosts occasional medieval days with fencing, archery and re-enactments. The town of Battle, which has excellent boutique style shops and of course is home to the famous Battle Abbey is also within easy reach.
However the town centre of Hailsham is not so good. Although it used to have a reasonable variety of shops they have recently been shutting down at an alarming rate and there are very few left. Supermarkets and charity shops, along with an occasional book or stationary store and a couple of estate agencies are all that are left.
I have never seen so many charity shops in one town! So if you like shopping in them then you may enjoy Hailsham, but if you want to try a chain store then you are out of luck. Even the ubiquitous New Look and Primark are absent from Hailsham. Many of the shops lie empty now and the town centre has a very depressing air to it.
There are a few nice restaurants however including various foreign ones such as Chinese and Italian.
Hailsham is in a good location but sadly the town is in dire need of regeneration and I imagine most of the residents bypass it altogether and simply go to Eastbourne.
This opinion about Hailsham is very tricky to do- I worked there as a teacher for 6 years and I lived there as a resident for 1 year, so please bear with me. Hailsham is a market town that has a population of around 15,000 and is located around 8 miles north of Eastbourne. You can find it just off the A22 that runs from London to Eastbourne via East Grinstead. As you come into the town the first thing you will notice is that it has a one way system through the High Street. Along here you will find a precinct at Vicarage Fields and the Quintins shopping centre, which holds a few small shops and a Co-op supermarket. Along the High Street there are a few wonderful places to eat- the Raj Dhutt, Jasmine Garden and Li's Cottage all do very good food at a very reasonable price. There isn't a lot of souvenir shopping possible in Hailsham, but there are a couple of Supermarkets! There are plenty of pubs, amongst which the best is probably The Grenadier at the top of the High Street. The town made its name many years ago through the rope industry and a company, Marlow ropes, still manudfactures in the town. The town, although unspectacular, is a good base to visit the beautiful Michelham Priory at Upper Dicker, and for visitng the South Downs. there you go- it may be unspectacular but it's not bad!