EAST GRINSTEAD MARKET

    EAST GRINSTEAD MARKET, HIGH STREET AND CANTELUPE ROAD In 1247, a Royal charter was granted to the Lord of the Manor, for the right to hold a market every week in East Grinstead High Street, and a fair lasting two days on 24 and 25 July. The medieval

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THE WOODBURY HOTEL

            THE WOODBURY HOTEL I have such fond memories of The Woodbury Hotel. My parents owned it during the nineteen seventies and, although I was largely away at university –and later drama school – I remember many happy times spent within its beautiful walls. My

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A History of East Grinstead Target Shooting Club

Katie Kettle has written as blog about the history of EG Target Shooting Club which is published on their website. She gives us a permission to reproduce it for our blog.  http://egtsc.co.uk/page/history     Charlie Beard, founder member, Vice-Chairman, and head of the project to build the East Court clubhouse – overlooking

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NAUGHTY DR BEECHING, WHO AXED OUR RAILWAY

NAUGHTY DR BEECHING, WHO AXED OUR RAILWAY     “Oh, Dr Beeching, what have you done? There once were lots of trains to catch, but soon there will be none. I’ll have to go and buy a bike, cause I can’t afford a car. Oh, Dr Beeching, what a naughty

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East Grinstead Museum - Copyhold Farm house

The Hucknall Estate, Excerpt From an Article by David Gould

The Hucknall Estate, a small corner of East Grinstead, tucked away behind the railway station, was an investment of coal merchant William Best, who transported coal from Hucknall near Nottingham. It consists of Grosvenor, Crescent & part of Park Roads. Best bought Killick’s, or Copyhold, Farm, whose land had stretched

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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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EAST GRINSTEAD HIGH STREET

 Image 1. East Grinstead was founded in medieval times.  The broad High Street was designed as a market place, lined on either side by long narrow strips called ‘portlands’, each about 200 metres, or one furlong  in length. (Ah, the rods, chains and furlongs of my youth, so diligently learned,

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The Forgotten Story of Benjamin Rycroft

Whilst many people are familiar with the work of Archibald McIndoe within the field of plastic surgery, few people are aware of part that East Grinstead plays within the history of eye surgery, especially with the setting up of eye banks. Rycroft Arrives The most important person behind this story

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