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Heyshotteyshott is a small West Sussex village on the lower slopes of the South Downs, 4 miles south of Midhurst & east of Cocking.
A scattered village which has lost its shop and school, but still has its pub, its church, village hall and farm shop.
Heyshott was the birthplace of Richard Cobden, the leader of the Anti-corn law league, his regular pew is marked by a small plaque in the 13th century village church of St James.
Every November, for 60 years, hundreds of visitors have annually flocked here for the popular village Bonfire and Firework display.
Heyshott was also well known for its Harvesting the Old Fashioned Way festival occuring each September, which celebrated the agricultural history of the village and surrounding areas.
According to the 2001 census Heyshott parish covered 938 hectares and had 131 households with a total population of 309.
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J. Morleys description of Heyshott in 1881

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Heyshott Pond
visit pond here, 2005
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Heyshott hosts ploughing match
September 2012

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Jane Moran with her winning flowers
Heyshott Summer Show
September 2012

Heyshott man rescues Greek dog
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Giles Cripps with Skilly
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Miles Reid
Buried in Heyshott
His grandson, Stephen Reid has sent a small glimpse into this mans incredible life.
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Rose Mills
Rose spent her short life in Heyshott. She died a young teenager in the early 1900s
Her late brother recalls in a poem how he missed them playing on the 'Stony Lane'.
Now his son is researching
the family history.
Mills family

Woodchurch Morris Men visit Heyshott
20th Anniversary Tour
28th - 30th May, 2010
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Local Heyshott artist
Joanna Twinn, paintings & cards
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Heather West
Congratulations to Heather West from Heyshott who won a cheque for £1200 on Spirit FM Radio's the 'Secret Sound'
23 February 2010

Saga of a 20th century Lute Pioneer
by Suzanne Bloch - Lute Society of America, 1969
At this time my salvation came, in the person of Diana Poulton.....She and her husband Tom lived in Heyshott in a wonderful little thatched-roof cottage with a garden full of herbs and flowers and a tame magpie named Jack....more
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Found Memories
In the tiny English village of Heyshott,
The weary traveler can find peace and rest.
Elizabethan cottages the landscape dot
Guarding against changes, preserving the best.
The meadowlarks sing; the snapdragons snap;
The violets and buttercups secretly converse;
In simple English gardens that paint pictures
Which inspire and enhance great English verse.
The wild strawberries know how superior they are.
Kissed by the sun, these berries so coy,
Have a flavor which excels all others by far.
Blessed are they who may taste and enjoy.
Such beautiful memories can be stored away
To come back to cheer on some dreary day.
Virginia Welch
Kansas City, MO, USA
Melton House, Heyshott, Sussex.
Capital £100, in 1s. shares.
'Flight Magazine' - 1st July 1926 - click for source


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HEYSHOTT, West Sussex, UK
50N 0W 136 446
OS grid reference SU897181
post code GU29
phone code 01730
Clerk of Heyshott Parish Council
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complete list of local parish councils
Local authorities
Mobile library dates
Miscellaneous articles: -
Potholes worse than third worldMay.2017
Ambersham Common Fire Mar.2015
Heyshott thefts, Man charged Sep.2014
Fire in Bakersfield Cottages Feb.2014
Shoots blamed for power cuts Feb.2014
Burglaries in South Ambersham Nov.2012
4x4 burnt out on Hoyle Lane Aug.2012
Hoping for 2011 fireworks triumph Oct.2011
Digger fire off Hoyle Lane Oct.2011
Village escapes mobile library cuts Jun.2011
Fire in Hoyle Lane Feb.2011
No problems with reservoir levels Jun.2010
Worst drought since 1975 May.2010
Closed register office fears May.2010
Theft from Leggs Lane barn Feb.2010
Reservations over barn conversion Jul.2009
Mrs Thatcher visits Heyshott Jun.2009
Cyclist in Accident, Bex Mill May.2009
Horse on back in ditch Apr.2009
Flooding near Polecats Dec.2008
Rain puts damper on fireworks Nov 2008
New venue for Harvesting Festival Sep.2008
Rev. Chris Boxley on Academies Apr.2008
Car Fire, Bexmill May 2008
Flooding near church Jul.2007
Car Fire, Mill Lane Aug 2007
Heyshott man in the pink Oct.2006
Heyshott Brothers in Gumball Rally Sep.2006
House Commons, Canine Partners Jan.2006
Sewards Heyshott Rally Review Sep.2005
Big Cat seen in Heyshott Mar.2005
Vehicle ban on South Downs Way Feb.2005
Heyshott Guides, Interlaken 2003
Bex Mill by Rose Gibbs 2001
Walking-sticks 2000
Helicopter accident Heyshott Aug.1997
Church registers stolen Aug.1995
John Turner weds - NYork Times Dec.1988
J. Morleys description of Heyshott 1881

reported accidents & incidents

Horse rescued from Heyshott swimming pool
Horse rescued from swimming pool

April 2015
car crashes into stream
Victim of the snow and ice at Bexmill

January 2013

Heyshott Voices
A compilation of sound recorded interviews from some elder residents of Heyshott by
Fairless Masterman


Heyshott Books
The 1988 Heyshott Book


' HEYSHOTT : 2000 B.C. - A.D 2000 . '
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A transcript of the whole book
Insight into the hard life suffered by many in the mid 1800s until the arrival of Cobden.
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01 - Heyshott Crossroads
02 - Rectory
03 - Black Horse Cottages
04 - St. James Church
05 - Farriers
06 - Unicorn
07 - Down Close
08 - Moor Farm corner & Hoyle Lane
09 - Hoyle Lane
10 - Hoyle
11 - Hoyle Crossroads
12 - Amberfold
13 - Foundry Cottages
14 - Coldharbour & Farm Shop
15 - pond
16 - Bexmill Bridge & Cottage
17 - A286 & Bex Lane, to Heyshott
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St James
map of Heyshott area c1805-13
1808 & 1813 maps of the Heyshott area

pilgrims leaving Heyshott village hall Snow greeted Pilgrims 31st March 1975.
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& Pre-School
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Heyshott Snow 2010 - click to start  
Snow 2010
Heyshott in the January your photos, snow or otherwise.
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Henry La Thangue.

The last Pill Box in the Rother Valley?
The last Pill Box in the Rother Valley?
On Heyshott Common

Heyshott population by date
1841 population was 408
1851 population was 432
1861 population was 396
1901 population was 389
1931 population was 385
1951 population was 432
2001 population was 309
Heyshott, History of Sussex- - - 1953
Heyshott, Post office directory - 1911
Heyshott, Post office directory - 1909
Heyshott, Post office directory - 1867
Heyshott, Post office directory - 1855
Heyshott, Post office directory - 1851

Email from Terry Skelton
26 January 2015
Camping in Heyshott c.1960
In the years around 1960 on Bank Holiday weekends, along with another young married couple we used to camp in a simple tent up on the Downs above a here


Tony Smith May 2006
Although it is unlikely, would anyone have had an association with the Royal Sussex Regiment, and knew of my Great uncle Henry [Harry] Pledge born in here


15 police officers went head-to-head in the boxing ring with 15 firefighters to raise £12,000 for the Heyshott-based charity Canine Partners.

28 April 2012



Michael Chevis, Photographer, West Street, Midhurst, West Sussex

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The charity
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Befriending Service
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