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Brief description of site

Beech Hurst is a recreational public park laid out in the grounds of a now demolished mid-Victorian house. Parts of the basic layout of the original gardens have been retained together with some of their features.

Brief history of site

While it is not known exactly when the house was built, its first owner was the Reverend Horatio Hickey and he and his family were in residence in the early-1860s. Under the ownership of William Johnston Yapp the garden was occasionally open to the public. Yapp gifted the house and gardens to the local council on his death in 1946. The grounds were then laid out as a public park, which was opened in around 1954.

Location information:

Address: Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4BB

Locality: Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Local Authorities:

West Sussex; Mid Sussex; Haywards Heath

Historical County: Sussex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 198 Grid Ref: TQ 323238
Latitude: 50.9984 Longitude: -0.115992

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park for general public use. Please see:
http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/page.cfm?pageID=2246

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 5.5

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