Residents and visitors will soon be able to learn more about Hailsham’s heritage and historical significance by walking the town’s Heritage Trail.
A number of buildings and other locations of historical importance were identified in 2010, the majority of which were included in the trail which was launched in 2011. Subject to approval by Hailsham Town Council at its meeting on September 24, copies of an updated Hailsham Heritage Map and Guide will be available for members of the public to purchase at £2, from the town council offices in Market Street and various retail outlets around the town. The guide includes historical photos and a description of each of the 27 buildings and locations of interest that make up the Hailsham Heritage Trail. 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 Philip van Cortlandt.
Local historian Paul Endersby, principal compiler of the Hailsham Heritage Trail and guide, said: “Despite the rapid growth in the town over recent years, Hailsham retains much of its historical past. In compiling the Heritage Trail I have tried to take people around the historical areas and see some of the interesting and attractive footpaths and trails which make up the town.”