The Heyshott Book
' HEYSHOTT : 2000 B.C. - A.D 2000 . '
Heyshott, West Sussex.
HEYSHOTT HISTORY SOCIETY, 1999
[first and only edition]
now out of print
228 pages, 4 pages of colour photographs, plus many photos, drawings and maps in black and white
Dimensions- 8.2" x 11.6" [21cm x 29.5cm]
Part of Preface - by Ronnie Palmer
This book covers 4000 years of the history of the village and, after a short introduction about where we live and what the village is like today, the story starts in the Stone Age, continues with some broad historical chapters and then covers specific aspects such as 'Village Life', 'the Church', 'the Farms', etc.
We have done our best to bear in mind the view expressed by a writer in the Saturday Review just over 100 years ago that 'of all dull books, a conscientiously compiled parochial history is the dullest.' We believe we have been conscientious; it is harder for us to judge whether we have been dull. While some people will want to read the book from cover to cover, others will get more pleasure from dipping into those chapters which appeal to them most.
The names of all of us living in the village as we go to print are recorded in Appendix D.
[This list has since been shown to have many incorrect entries and is not shown online]
I hope this book will be a source of pleasure and interest to them and to our successors. If it also proves of interest to others, that will be a welcome bonus.
Heyshott History Society - 31 Jul 1999 - Paperback 224 pages
ISBN-10-0953568709 - ISBN-13-978-0953568703
There is a steady demand for copies of this book, but it is doubtful if it will ever be reprinted.
Sections from the book are reproduced throughout the site.
Certain chapters have been transcribed for online display.
Chapter 4 - 1700 To The Present Day
Chapter 7 - Farms - Berrywood Farm . Coldharbour & Lower Cranmore
Chapter 8 - St. James Church
Chapter 10 - The Smithy, Pubs, shops & Foundry
Chapter 13 - The Schools
Chapter 14 - Heyshott In Two World Wars
These transcriptions were kindly written by Deidre Millington, of Nottinghamshire
This book was [to the best of our knowledge] the second written on the subject of the village.
The first was published by Denys A. Hutchings in 1988. see here
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