4000 B.C. Stone Age Flint Scrapers and a pick found at
Hammonds Mill Farm.
1000 B.C. Late Bronze Age Pottery and Loom Weights found
at Manor Road site.
100 A.D. Roman road constructed across ( what
950 A.D. 950 – 1000 A.D. Saxon Churches in
Clayton and Keymer Parishes were built.
1100 A.D. Norman additions and extensions to both Parish Churches.
1300 A.D. John Burgeys owned farmland (Burgeys Hill Farm)
1342 A.D. First mention of Sheep Fair held on mid-summer day 24th June (St.
John the Baptist Day)
1480 A.D. Chapel of Ease built (later known as Chapel Land Farm)
1565 A.D. “Hammonds Place” rebuilt on the site of an earlier
1580 A.D. 1580 – 1600 A.D. Eight farms built around St. Johns Common:
- Anchor,Burgess Hill, Bedelands, Chapel Land, Frankbarrow, Fowles, Barbers
1600 A.D. 1600 – 1650 A.D. Seven more farms built around St. Johns
Common:- Dunstall, Franklands, Gattons, Grove, Inholmes, Leylands and Sheddingdean.
1770 A.D. London Road Turnpiked (travellers paying tolls for the maintenance
of the road).
1650 A.D. 1650 – 1780 A.D. Twenty-Three more farms built around the
Birchwood, Blackhouse, North Blackhouse, Burdocks, Butchers, Cants, Coopers,
Dartford, Dumbrells, Folders, Fricks, Hillmans, Little Burgess Hill,
Lowlands, Manor, St. Johns, One O’Clock, Peppers, Poveys, Shelleys,
West End, and Woodwards.
1796 A.D. St. Johns Windmill built in Windmill Lane (now Mill Road)
1803 A.D. First shop built at the top of Fairplace Hill (on the western side
- opposite the old “King’s Head” public house, now demolished)
1812 A.D. Normans pottery works established in London Road
1828 A.D. Keymer Common enclosed.
1829 A.D. St. John’s Congregational Chapel built in Leylands Road.
1840 A.D. London Brighton & South Coast Railway being built.
1841 A.D. London to Brighton railway completed.
1843 A.D. Burgess Hill’s first “log cabin” railway station
1847 A.D. Branch railway line extended to Eastbourne via Lewes.
1850 A.D. Meeds pottery works established in Pottery Lane (now Station Road)
1850 A.D. London Road Church School built.
1853 A.D. Gravetts pottery works established in Pottery Lane / London Road.
1854 A.D. Clayton Common enclosed.
1862 A.D. Simeon Norman established a building business in London Road,
1863 A.D. St. John the Evangelist Parish Church built by John Ellis of Chichester
1864 A.D. Henry Burt joined Simeon Norman in his building business (later
Norman & Burt)
1864 A.D. A steam laundry was established by the Chapman family in Royal George
1866 A.D. Keymer Church was rebuilt, in a similar style to its 14th Century original
1873 A.D. Keymer Brick & Tile Works (first known as Johnson & Co.)
1875 A.D. Strict Baptist Chapel built in Park Road.
1877 A.D. Burgess Hill railway station booking office entrance built at higher
1879 A.D. The “Local Board” was formed by twelve elected members.
1880 A.D. The first “Union Bank” was established, (now Barclays
1881 A.D. The first Volunteer Fire Brigade established.
1882 A.D. The first Council Offices, Police and Fire Brigade headquarters built
in Church Road
1882 A.D. St. Andrews Church Schoolroom was opened in Cants Lane.
1882 A.D. Congregational Church built in Junction Road.
1886 A.D. Richard & Frederick Berry’s brickworks established in
1886 A.D. Keymer Junction railway station rebuilt at “Worlds End” (later
1890 A.D. Junction Road County Primary School built.
1894 A.D. Burgess Hill Urban District Council formed in place of Local Board.
1894 A.D. A Baptist Chapel was built in Church Road.
1897 A.D. “Victoria Pleasure Gardens” were opened by Edwin Street
(a farmer and butcher)
1906 A.D. The “Burgess Hill School for Girls” was established.
1906 A.D. The Salvation Army Citadel was built in Cyprus Road.
1908 A.D. St. Andrew’s Church was built by Norman & Burt in Junction
1912 A.D. The last Lamb & Sheep Fair was held after almost 600 years.
1913 A.D. St. Johns Parish Hall in Cyprus Road completed late 1912 opened for
use in 1913.
1916 A.D. The “Mary Hare School for the Deaf” was established at “Dene
Hollow” London Rd.
1920 A.D. St. Edwards Church established in Royal George Road.
1928 A.D. A new cinema “The Scala” replaced an older picture
house in Cyprus Road.
1935 A.D. An outdoor swimming pool was built in St. Johns Park.
1940 A.D. St. Wilfrids Roman Catholic Church was built in Station Road
by Norman & Burt.
1945 A.D. The Steam Laundry was destroyed by fire, but later rebuilt.
1953 A.D. Chanctonbury Road housing estate (750 houses) began.
1953 A.D. “Oakmeeds” the first new school to be built was completed
1953 A.D. The first new “Coat of Arms” was granted to Burgess
Hill Urban District Council.
1954 A.D. The first new Industrial Estate was commenced and 30 new factories
1958 A.D. A new Methodist Church was built in London Road.
1972 A.D. Part of Church Road was pedestrians and renamed Church Walk.
1972 A.D. The new “Martlets” shopping centre was completed.
1973 A.D. Princess Anne opened Van Den Burgh’s and visited “Charles
of the Ritz”.
1974 A.D. New indoor swimming pool was built in St. John’s Park.
1985 A.D. Princess Diana opened “Oakenfield” disabled housing
1986 A.D. A second “Sheddingdean” industrial estate for smaller
1986 A.D. Princess Anne opened new premises of “Charles of the Ritz”.
1988 A.D. Burgess Hill twinned with Schmallenburg, Germany.
1991 A.D. The “Market Place” was completed and linked to the “Martlets” shopping
1994 A.D. Burgess Hill twinned with Abbeville, France
1996 A.D. The Town Council “Help Point” was opened by Paddy Ashdown
1997 A.D. The Western Distributor Road opened with a direct link to the A 23.
1999 A.D. Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh opened the “Triangle” sports
centre, and visited the Town Council’s Help Point.
2000 A.D. The last remaining “Pug mill” for mixing clay, was
2011 A.D. William Meeds house built in 1884 in Station Road, was demolished.
2012 A.D. The Burgess Hill Local History Society’s collection of Terra-Cotta
(formerly the collection of Mr. F.M.Avery) was loaned to the Hassocks Garden & Heritage
A.D. A newly erected “World’s End” sign
was unveiled by Carola Goodman.
2014 A.D. The Keymer Tile Works closed after 140 years of brick and tile making.
2015 A.D. Mid Sussex District Council announced a major £65 million
scheme to re-develop the town centre owned by New River Retail.