Helena Hall (1873-1967) was a remarkable local historian and writer. Her first book, published in 1953, was William Allen 1770-1843. This was followed by a joint venture with the Reverend W.D. Parish A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect, published in 1957. She wrote about Lindfield, the Sussex village where she lived, and is best known locally for her definitive book Lindfield Past and Present, published in 1959. Her most significant work is her journal of the Second World War, which is a vivid, detailed and comprehensive record of the war years as seen from the perspective of a woman living in a Sussex village.