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Haywards Heath War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9997 / 50°59'58"N

Longitude: -0.1112 / 0°6'40"W

OS Eastings: 532629

OS Northings: 123951

OS Grid: TQ326239

Mapcode National: GBR KNC.8P5

Mapcode Global: FRA B6NG.NH3

Entry Name: Haywards Heath War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441877

Location: Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex, West Sussex, RH16

County: West Sussex

District: Mid Sussex

Civil Parish: Haywards Heath

Built-Up Area: Haywards Heath

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Haywards Heath Saint Wilfrid

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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First World War memorial, unveiled on 30 November 1924, with further names added after the Second World War.


MATERIALS: Cornish granite with bronze plaques.

DESCRIPTION: Haywards Heath War Memorial is sited on a low grass mound on a triangular green at the western entrance to the town. The memorial stands some 3m high and is a large, irregular monolith bearing a raised stone cross on a smooth polished panel recessed into the West face. Underneath are large raised letters in stone reading 1914 – 1919/ IN MEMORIAM. A large bronze plaque underneath carries the names of the fallen. Unusually, as an apparent afterthought, a small bronze plaque below is inscribed ALSO IN MEMORY OF ALL COMRADES WHO HAVE/ SINCE PASSED OVER FROM CAUSES ATTRIBUTABLE/ TO THE GREAT WAR.

A bronze plaque has been cut into the East face of the granite block and is inscribed 1939 – 1945/ IN MEMORIAM/ (NAMES).


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Haywards Heath as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

It commemorates 167 local servicemen who died during the First World War, and unusually, also those who died subsequently from causes attributable to the war. The fundraising of £300 and the erection of the war memorial was overseen by Major Blaker JP, Chairman of the Urban District Council. The memorial was created by Mr Bridgman of Lewes.

It was unveiled on 30 November 1924 by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Lord Leconfield and was dedicated by the vicar of Haywards Heath.

Following the Second World War, a plaque was added to commemorate the 96 fallen of that conflict. 

Reasons for Listing

Haywards Heath War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a dignified Cornish granite monolith displaying a high level of craftsmanship and good quality materials.

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