Church Walk was originally the lower part of Church Road, linking the parish church with the railway station at the top of the hill. Church Walk was pedestrianised and renamed in 1973. This long, straight thoroughfare is the town’s main shopping street. Its focal point (opening in 1972) is Martlets outdoor shopping centre at the rear of the Wetherspoon pub. Its name refers to the six gold martlets (similar to swallows) which form the heraldic shields of East and West Sussex, with Burgess Hill mainly on the West Sussex side of the border between the two counties.