The first record of a permanent building on the Summerheath Road site is in 1926, although the land had several owners in the 35 years previous. The property was acquired in May 1926 for the intended construction of a Labour Hall with the financial assistance of the Hastings Permanent Building Society.
The Labour Party used the hall for 33 years. In September 1959, ownership of the now renamed Summerheath Hall passed to trustees for the sum of £2100 to be used "as a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of Hailsham with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants".
An early aerial photograph of Green Brothers Factory and Summerheath Road shows the empty plot with a single track across the scrub, joining Summerheath Road to the twitten behind - an obvious shortcut when the plot was empty. (Around Hailsham in Old Photographs)
The hall was built in the early 1920's and was known to many as The Rink as it was used for roller skating. (Local Memory)