History of King Edward Hall


Opened in 1911

The King Edward Hall stands facing the Pond and is dedicated to the memory of King Edward VII.

In 1887 the idea of a Public Hall dedicated as a Jubilee memorial to Queen Victoria was initiated by a Dr. Daunt but owing to this proving unpopular the whole idea was dropped.

Twenty-four years later there was a change of mind and the present Village Hall was built on land donated by Mr Sturdy of Paxhill (this land was part of the Pear Tree House garden and stables).

The Hall was built by Messers. Norman and Burt of Burgess Hill and Mr Walter Tower of Old Place was the Architect. There had been Fetes and Bazaars held to raise money and donations were received and soon the required amount of money - £2,200 - had been raised.


Celebrations were in order

There were great celebrations on 11th January 1911 when Col. Dudley Sampson of Buxshalls opened the building and the closing words of his speech were:

"Our work is done.
That all things work in peace and harmony.
In kindly fellowship may one and all
Through future years foregather in this Hall
Remembering in gratitude what we
In the old time did for posterity."

Later the North Porch and a rear lean-to room were added.

What has the King Edward Hall been used for?

From the outset the Deeds stipulated that a Social Club be run on the first floor. At first this was The Lindfield Mens Club, but in recent years this has become The Lindfield Club. It has a membership of around 1,600 and is open to all by application.

During the First World War the Hall was used for a hospital run by the Commandant Mrs Godfrey Hooper who, together with her husband, gave much time on behalf of The British Red Cross. There were many Belgian solider patients under her care and she was decorated with the Belgian Order of the Palms of the Crown.

During this time the Hall was also used as a Convalescent Hospital for wounded troops returning from fighting on the Western Front and, in nice weather, an awning was erected outside with seats to allow men to enjoy the scenery and relax and recouperate.

In the 1939-45 War there were Canadian soldiers stationed in many of the big houses in the village (in particular at Paxhill) and the King Edward Hall was used for many social occasions. There were wonderful parties for the children of the village - the Canadian solders were very popular due to the fact that they had sweets for the children! There would be dances held by the Canadians for the young people of the village, and - in fact - many of the young girls attending eventually married Canadians, and went to Canada to live.

The King Edward Hall was also used during the Second World War as the Reception Centre for Evacuees and school lessons were held there.

A Library was established and was very popular, but sadly this eventually closed in 1982, but the room - still referred to as The Library.

In 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, it was decided to build an extension due to the popular use of the Hall's facilities. This was duly opened and is known as The Jubilee Room.

In March 2014 the Main Hall was renamed to The Newcombe Hall, in memory of Brian Newcombe a long time supporter of KEH. Brian was involved on the voluntary management committee for KEH for over 55 years, until his death in April 2013.

KEH History At A Glance
  • Opened as a Social Club initially
  • 1887 the idea of a public hall was initiated, but the idea was dropped
  • 24 years later King Edward Hall was built
  • 11th January 1911 the King Edward Hall was opened
  • During WW1 the hall was used as a hospital
  • In 1939-1945 was used for social occasions by Canadian soldiers station in the village
  • During WW2 the hall was used as a reception centre for evacuees & school lessons
  • In 1977 an extension was built to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
  • A library was then established, but sadly closed in 1982
  • In 2014 the Main Hall was renamed to The Newcombe Hall in memory of Brian Newcombe who was on the KEH committee for over 55 years

King Edward Hall

Update 9th March 2021

COVID-19 Guidance

King Edward Hall is looking forward to reopening soon following the Government’s announcement that was made in February 2021 in which a 4 step Road Map to easing lockdown restrictions was provided.

We are delighted that village halls will be permitted to reopen commencing 12 April 2021, however this will only be for those activities that are currently permitted under lockdown plus a small list of additional permitted activities.

The process of unlocking will apply in four steps across England, without reverting to Tiers, with a minimum five weeks between each step. Each step is dependent on all four of the following conditions being met. All dates are “no earlier than" and the Government will confirm a week beforehand.

  • The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying or needing hospital treatment
  • Infections rates do not risk a surge in hospital admissions
  • New variants of the virus do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting

King Edward Hall will be pleased to consider taking bookings as follows, subject to Government guidance in place at the time:

Step One: From 8 March and 29 March

Only those activities already permitted under lockdown.

Step Two: From 12 April

  1. All indoor supervised children’s activities including dance classes and musical activities.
  2. Parent and child groups with up to 15 attending plus under-fives eg parents and toddlers.
  3. Funerals with up to 30 people; wakes and weddings with up to 15 guests.

Social contact rules will continue to apply in all settings – meaning social distancing must be maintained, no indoor mixing allowed between different households.

Step Three: From 17 May

  1. Controlled indoor events.
  2. Hospitality settings including cafes, coffee mornings and social clubs.
  3. Film shows, plays and concerts subject to social distancing.
  4. Indoor sports activities including exercise classes.
  5. Up to 30 persons attending weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes, including christenings.

The “rule of 6” continues to apply to indoor events. Social distancing measures will need to be observed, including the Hall’s special COVID conditions of hire.

Step Four: From 21 June

  1. All legal limits on social contact are due to be removed.
  2. Dancing will hopefully be permitted.

We regret that further guidance is currently awaited regarding booking conditions that will apply from this date.

Management Committee
King Edward Hall