is a large village and civil parish
in the Horsham
District of West Sussex
, England. It lies south of London
, northwest of Brighton
, and east northeast of the county town of Chichester
at the road junction of the A281 and A2037. The parish has a land area of . In the 2001 census 5,012 people lived in 2,153 households, of whom 2,361 were economically active. Other nearby towns include Burgess Hill
to the east and Shoreham-by-Sea
to the south.
Just west of the town, the two branches of the River Adur
, the western Adur and the eastern Adur, meet at Betley Bridge. From Henfield the Adur flows on into the English Channel
One of the largest village communities in the Horsham district, Henfield has an old and attractive centre.
It has a modern and intensely used village hall just off the High Street, the 13th-century St Peter's church, old inns, a wide and attractive common, and many interesting houses in private ownership.
There is a fire station, part of the West Sussex Fire Brigade, equipped with a single fire engine.
Henfield has one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world, dating back to 1771.
Henfield is also thought to have the oldest Scout
group in the country (1st Henfield), dating from 1907.
To the south is , a restored mill, now the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust
, its attractions including an extensive nature trail.