The Union Workhouse in East Grinstead

Workhouses, in existence since the sixteenth century,  were designed to accommodate able bodied paupers, who were expected to work  at menial (and  usually pointless)  tasks,  in return for food and accommodation. However, it was increasingly the elderly and disabled who were admitted, along  with people who were injured or ill,

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THE EAST GRINSTEAD SUFFRAGISTS

          Muriel, Countess de la Warr                 Lady Indina Sackville In a May 1911 survey, eight out of ten women in East Grinstead said that they preferred not to have the vote!  This view of women’s suffrage echoed prevailing opinion

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Ye Dorset Arms at East Grinstead

What’s in a name? Previously The Newe Inn, The Ounce, and The Cat, The Dorset Arms has been an inn for over 500 years. There was a building on the site from much earlier times, demonstrated by the long portland behind, and what commendable foresight the medieval town planners showed

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MY HOUSE, IN THE MIDDLE OF MY STREET ….

Museum volunteer and local resident Loral Bennett uses the Museum archives to look at the history of 85 West Street At one time, West Street was known as Chapel Lane, as it led to the town cemetery chapel, with its separate areas for the established church worshippers and dissenters. Until

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