Haywards Heath, The Recreation Ground c.1950

Haywards Heath, The Recreation Ground c.1950

Neg. H252588

Memories of Haywards Heath, the Recreation Ground c1950

Sharrow School

Amazed to find a reference to Sharrow School where I was a ten year old schoolboy in 1934. I remember the train room and friends named Allwood, Ffoulkes and I guess that is about all. The Allwood brothers family grew carnations I remember, the younger one was nicknamed "Onion" .We went to Great Walstead School, near Lindfield for sports days as they had a wonderful estate and gym facilities. My goodness, 76 years ago!!


It is possible that amongst the spectators of cricket on the lower tier maybe boys from "Sharrow School" in Heath Road, which I attended from 1945-50 because we played cricket there (see also H252587). If so, it is also possible that the lady standing in the foreground could be Miss Irwin (later Mrs Singer) a mistress at the school.

A memory of Haywards Heath

Memories of Haywards Heath

Baldock Family At Brook House

I've always heard stories of my granny, Margaret Baldock, growing up in Haywards Heath. Her father, Arthur Baldock, was the gardener at Brook House as well as the village photographer in the 1890's - early 1900's. I've been searching for some details about this - any thoughts? This looks like such beautiful ...Read full memory

A memory of Haywards Heath by lhaan

Nana & Grandad

We stayed with them when I was aprox 11. They had a wool and baby clothes shop and I believe the name was A.W.Baldock. The shop next door was a sweet shop run by Mrs Swan, she sent me beautiful postcards when we had left & come to Canada. I went to a school called Cuckfield. I loved Sundays when Grandad would take me ...Read full memory

The Cafe

My dad owned what I think was The Hayward in the early 60's. Does anyone remember if the cafe had a dining room and a bar on the second/third floor? I think is now the Blue India.


I lived in Haywards Heath between 1948 and the early 1960s. I lived the other side of Victoria Park and walked each day through the town to St. Clair School. I seem to remember that there were some stables on the left of this photo in the foreground and often used to stop and talk to the horses.

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This is another view of the same cricket match. The two men in the foreground are wearing military uniforms and are engrossed in conversation. They could be comparing their relevant military experiences, as compulsory conscription had not yet been repealed. The gentleman wearing cricket whites, walking on the higher path away from the camera, could be one of the players.

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