The house was once owned by Robert Ward. History tells us that a cat belonging to Nathaniel Woodward killed one of Ward’s pet canaries, which caused much tension and a revenge plot ensued.
Robert Ward bought a number of metal bird scarers – the cats that now line the upper storey – and positioned them all round his house, at ground level, threading a long string through them on which he tied a large number of bells. Whenever Nathaniel Woodward passed on his way to or from Henfield Church, pulling of the string saw him greeted by the sound of metal and bells to remind him of the ‘crime’ his cat committed.
The Cat & Canary pub on Upper Station Road is named after this famous Henfield landmark.
Please remember, this house is a private residence, so be respectful when passing by the house.