Decorated with cut-out metal cats beneath its thatched roof, The Cat House in Henfield is a famous landmark that stands out against some of Henfield's more modern buildings. The house was owned by Robert Ward, and one of his canaries was killed by a cat belonging to Nathaniel Woodward. In retaliation, Ward bought a number of cat-shaped metal bird scarers and linked them together using a string with bells on. Whenever Woodward walked past the house on his way to or from church, he would be met with the sound of the bells to remind him of his cat's wrongdoing.
The Cat & Canary pub in Henfield is also named after this local story.
The Cat House is a private home so please be respectful when passing.