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Hailsham

East Sussex

Type:Towns & Villages

Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1BL
Hailsham

About

Hailsham is a vibrant and historic market town. The Parish of Hailsham is approximately 3 miles in breadth and 4 miles from north to south between its extreme points - approximately 5000 acres.

Standing on rising ground, Hailsham overlooks the historic Pevensey Levels (Ramsar site) where the Romans built a stronghold upon what was then an island (Pevensey Castle). It was on the Pevensey Levels, which extend from Hailsham to the coast that William of Normandy made his historic landing in 1066; for, in those days, the seashore was some distance inland - about halfway between Hailsham and the present beach along Pevensey Bay.

Hailsham has been established as a market town since 1252 and still retains its historic core around St Mary’s Church and the Market Square. Visually the town centre is a delightful mixture of the old and new, having two modern shopping precincts yet retaining some of the character of its past heritage with St Mary’s Church, Fleur de Lys and other buildings dating back to the sixteenth century.

Whilst being largely rural in character, Hailsham still boasts a variety of local and national shops, several supermarkets, a cinema, and leisure centre with swimming pool and bowling alley. Most of the major banks and building societies have premises within the town centre.

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What's Nearby

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    0.7 miles away
  2. Michelham Priory

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    2.25 miles away
  3. Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

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  1. Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious...

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  2. The Observatory Science Centre

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  3. Farley's House and Gallery

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  4. Stone Cross Garden Centre and woodland walk

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  5. Sussex Top Attractions Ltd

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  6. Horam Manor Farm Fishery

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  7. The Cuckoo Trail

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  8. Pevensey Castle

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  9. The Long Man of Wilmington

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  10. The English Wine Centre

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  11. Drusillas Park

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  12. Pevensey Bay

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  13. Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

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