East Grinstead Travel Guide

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  • Him of the hymn

    The story of the Canadian Air Force personnel who were burned during the Second World War and were treated in the town. Known as the Guinea Pigs (many treatments were experimental), those that remain return each year and not only pay homage to the town but have left their flag in the church to hang permanently as a mark of respect. There was a...

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  • Ancient Middlerow

    Coming from Oz I never cease to be amazed that you can be walking along and there, across the road (Middlerow as seen from church gate) is a timber-framed shop dating from the 1400's. The wall on the right belongs to a gunsmith.

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  • The inside story

    Peter Hunter did just the opposite. He queried whether or not we would like a guided tour. As a pair of enthusiastic travellers we were more than happy to join him, albeit with reservations about what could possibly be interesting in this village prayer house. If East Grinstead was a treasure, Peter was a jewel in the crown.As one tale after...

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  • The age of it all

    All the buildings here are relatively modern except for the black-and-white Tudor style one most prominent. When you are there you will notice that all is not square and straight which is a bit of a giveaway to its age.This is the view from the rear taken from the church gardens.

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  • Good King Wenceslas

    There I was, amazed. I'd always thought it must have been written by some Czech person or European at least and here, backlit before me, was the visage of the man who wrote the hymn, as well as many others.John Mason Neale was a compassionate man, his efforts to break down the barriers between the Catholics and Protestants are testimony to that,...

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  • The iron men of East Grinstead

    Peter also indicated the names of the townsfolk who died in the two World Wars, highlighting the fact that twice as many were lost in the first conflict, a common occurence in villages and towns throughout Britain apparently.He also notes the plaque in memory of 104 dead and 235 injured when a German bomb hit the local cinema on a Saturday...

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  • Sackville College et al.

    This is the main entry gate to Sackville College from the main road though most would arrive there at the back of the building.

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  • Looks like, but isn't

    Well, yes, it looks like a tower and it is but, when I first saw it I had wonderful visions of espying my first castle ruin of my trip. Sadly, it's merely the local water tower and not really that old (by the standards of the rest of the town) at all.

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  • Dining out in East Grinstead

    This, rather obviously if you've already looked at the photo, is a restaurant but the rambling timber-framed jettied house that encloses it is of an indeterminable date but probably mid 15th to late 17th century.

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  • A pub by any other name

    The refurbished Dorset Arms Inn - Inns on this site go back to 17th century under various names. This building is mostly 18th century.

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  • Death on your doorstep

    This today is a pedestrian area reputed to be where the 3 protestant martyrs were burnt at the stake for refusing to renounce their faith. The buildings in the background are fine examples of 15th century Hall Houses.

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  • Something to douse your cigarette

    Shown here are numbers 100-108 London Rd. 106 boasts a fine carved gable in 17th century Dutch style. No. 108, dating from 1903, is the town's first fire station.

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  • The old and the new

    This is the intersection of Middle Row and East Court. On the extreme left, actually on the corner of Hermitage St., is the Dorset Arms Hotel, a rather attractive inn. Middlerow buildings replace market stalls dating from the first half of the 15th century. The building pictured is 16th-17th century.

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  • The graveyard shift

    While I was gog-eyed with photo opportunities Rosemarie, as is her wont, decided to stop inside the church. Just as I followed her in, a man quietly strode up the aisle, obviously intent on evicting the convict heritage foreigners and smiting the atheists from within these hallowed walls.

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  • Sackville College - a learning curve

    This charitable foundation in the UK provides housing for the elderly. The College operates according to an act of Parliament of 1624 and a Royal Charter of 1631; its most famous warden was John Mason Neale (1818-1866), the aforementioned writer of hymns.

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  • Alms and Sacks

    Sackville College is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the town. Its choice setting atop a small prominence, the weathered stone and lovely street-side garden make it a bit of an eyecatcher.Through the years buildings such as Sackville College have been lovingly maintained and still serve as almshouses giving homes for the town's elderly. This...

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  • From the outside

    Out working in the garden were three folk straight from central casting. Cheerful retirees tending their beloved bloms and only too happy for a chat with Rosemarie about roses. It was, all in all, a heartwarming experience.Ourside on one of the grand wooden doors are two carved mice. These were literally the trademark of Robert Thompson of York,...

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  • A-spire-ing to St. Swithun's

    So we drove on to this aforesaid (in the intro) street and were entranced by the wonderful historical feel of the place to the point where I wanted more snaps (no surprises there).Unable to find a park in the street we adjourned to a community parking facility down a back lane and commenced walking back, a path that led us directly to St. Swithuns,...

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