Place:Horam, Sussex, England

Alt namesHorehamsource: former name of village
Horeham Roadsource: former name of railway station
Coordinates50.93°N 0.24°E
Located inSussex, England
Also located inEast Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoWaldron, Sussex, Englandparish of which it was a part until 1951
Hailsham Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1951-1974
Wealden District, East Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Horam is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, situated three miles (4.8 km) south of Heathfield. The town of Hailsham is another 4 miles or so to the south.

Horam village lies on the A267 Tunbridge WellsEastbourne road south of Heathfield. The area is on the slopes of the Weald: there are many headwater streams of the River Cuckmere, carving out valleys, the main one being the Waldron Ghyll (or Gill).

The village of Horam grew up around the railway station and was formerly known as Horeham or Horeham Road. The railway station (closed in 1965 under the Beeching Axe) was originally named ‘Horeham Road for Waldron’, then, in 1891, ‘Horeham Road and Waldron’. In 1925 the village changed its name to Horam, although the station persevered with ‘Waldron and Horeham Road’ until 1935.

Horam was only made a parish in 1951. Until then it was only a village within the parish of Waldron. The new parish absorbed 823 acres from Waldron, 1197 acres from Heathfield and 544 acres from Hellingly. The result was a parish covering 10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi) with an initial population of 1646 which had increased to 2642 by the UK census of 2011.

Research Tips

  • The East Sussex Record Office, The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, BN1 9BP, United Kingdom (email holds material for the Archdeaconry of Lewes, present-day East Sussex, and therefore generally holds historical material for East Sussex parishes only. An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO) is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • Further resources may be found on GENUKI's main page on Sussex.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
  • Maps of the local area are to be found on the WeRelate page for Pevensey Rape and on that for Hailsham Rural District or Eastbourne Rural District. However, Horam itself is not marked.
  • Since Horam came into existence in the 20th century, there are no references for it in GENUKI or British History Online's A History of the County of Sussex.
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