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Henfield is covered by Gary the Chimney Sweep

Great news! Gary the Chimney Sweep is available to work in Henfield, remember I can help you with any of the following:

  • Chimney Swept & Vacuumed
  • Wood Burners & Stoves
  • Full Chimney Service & Restoration
  • Wood Stove Restoration
  • Bird nests removed
  • Complete Safety Inspections
  • Chimney Pots, Cowls and Bird guards
  • Free Advice on Chimney Liners
  • Colour CCTV Surveys

We accept cash, debit cards and all credit cards including Amex

If you have any queries or if there is another related job that you have in mind then don't hesitate to contact me by phone: 07825 163864, email: info@garythechimneysweep.co.uk or by using the chimney sweep enquiry form.

About Henfield

Henfield is a lovely and large village in the Horsham area. The location is a prime spot for the meeting of branches of the River Adur, just west of the village, before the water flows down to Shoreham-by-Sea. Residents inhabit a charming settlement with quaint architecture, a high street, well-used village hall and the 13th century St Peter’s Church where people meet on sundays and for various events. 

Villagers live in a wide mix of houses in Henfield on streets such as London Road, Church Street, Wheatsheaf Road, Broomfield Road, Upper Station Road and Barrow Hill. It is known to be a bustling village, with an exciting dynamic when it comes to community activities and various groups and organisations to enjoy. Henfield also boasts both the oldest Scout group in Britain, 1st Henfield dating to 1907, and an old but still thriving cricket club dating to 1771. The leisure centre at Northcroft, charity-based and built in 1990, is popular with a proper sports hall and fitness facility. Youngsters also like to use a skate park nearby to perform safe acrobatic stunts and tricks. Surrounded by the charming Sussex countryside, Henfield carries an aspect of the rural idyll and always makes for an enjoyable visit.

High Street in Henfield is, of course, the epicentre for shoppers and Church Street and Upper Station Road are also relatively busy. Villagers live in a great variety of homes with much architectural merit along roads including Windmill Lane, Barrow Hill, Nep Town Road, Hollands Road, Beechings, Henfield Common North, Staples Barn, Flowers Farm Close, Parsonage Road, the rather extended Furners Lane, Nyes Close, Benson Road and Chestnut Way. 

There are two branches of the River Adur, which meet in Henfield: the eastern Adur and the western Adur, with the meeting place in a beautiful spot by the Betley Bridge. Beautiful is certainly the right adjective to describe the swirling waters of the Adur, containing all sorts of wildlife and aquatic delights, which adds to the overall pleasure for residents and visitors alike to Henfield, as the Adur carries on past the village down to Shoreham-By-Sea and then to the English Channel. 

There’s a quirky side to Henfield, such as the well-known Cat House. Once owned by Robert Ward, the building depicts metal cat cut-outs under its roof, showing birds in their paws. It  is believed that one of Ward’s pet canaries was killed by a cat belonging to Nathaniel Woodward, founder of the Woodward Schools, including Lancing College. As a strange act of revenge, Ward erected the metal cats and put a long string through them, linked to bells. When Woodward walked past on his way to Henfield Church, the string was pulled and bells rung, in an attempt by Ward to recall the canary’s death to Woodward’s mind. On a less abstract but still interesting note, Henfield stopped using plastic bags in 2008. More than 1 million carrier bags were stopped from being used in the first year-and-a-half, according to campaigners, saving 209 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Henfield has had its fair share of colourful characters past and present. Colonel Henry Bishop was one such resident, during the time of King Charles II. He was Postmaster General in 1660 and invented the first ever type of postmark in England, helping postage to become more efficient. It was known at the time as a bishop mark. His remains were interred in Henfield graveyard. Henfield Stamp Club commemorated Bishop with a special date stamp in 1963, when a dedicated exhibition was also held to honour the memory of this postage trendsetter. Other historical characters of interest include suffragette Elizabeth Robins, who looked after fellow protestors during hunger strikes, at her Backsettown farmhouse, not far from Henfield. Botanist William Borrer was another character, who spent most of his life in Henfield, being born and dying in the town. His academic specialism was flora on mainland Britain.

A number of houses were given new brick frontages in Henfield throughout the 18th century. These include Seven Chimneys in Cagefoot Lane, Martyn Lodge, a three-storey building in Church Street, and Backsettown. Wantley Manor, which is located on the northern frontier of Henfield, underwent expansion in the same period. Terraced houses were notably constructed, such as a splendid red brick array of homes on the west of High Street, in 1795. Similar architectural endeavours were seen in Furners Lane and north-east of the main parish church. Henfield mainly had one street in the 1830s with a number of tradesmen as residents but the village, just after this time, became popular with gentry. 

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