One of the largest village communities in the Horsham district, Henfield has an old and attractive centre. From its unique shops, old inns and public houses on the high street to the wide attractive common and many historical and quirky houses. A network of twittens and character streets criss-cross the village allowing for interesting walks and exploring the village and wider countryside.
The history of the village can be traced back to 770AD and the village has one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world and the oldest Scout group in the country. The 13th Century church of St Peters can be found at the highest point in the village and has a magnificent avenue of yew trees leading up to the main entrance.
One of the most famous attractions in the village is the Cat House. Although a private residence, the Cat House is a unique and quirky thatched property with an unusual tale to tell. The story goes that the owner of the house, George Ward, had a pet canary. The bird was killed by a cat belonging to the then Anglican Canon, Nathaniel Woodard, who live nearby, so incensed was Ward he painted the house with pictures of a cat holding a bird so that everytime the canon walked by on his way to church he would be reminded of the sad demise of his beloved canary. He also rigged up strings of sea shells to rattle and a black figure would appear at a small window called the Zulu hole when the hapless Canon was seen approaching. This tale lives long in the folklore of Henfield and the Cat House is definitely one of the prettiest and most unique properties in the whole of Sussex.
Watch a video tour of Henfield courtesy of Richard Vobes on YouTube.