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Dear Residents,

Welcome to the February issue, thank goodness it’s nearly Spring! This month we have a couple of articles of local historical interest that we hope you’ll enjoy: the ever inspiring Hammerwood Park and richly historical Penshurst Place (a mere 10 minute drive from EG). The Wallis Centre has been an important part of the local community for many decades now and is under threat of closure, please see the article ‘Save Our Wallis Centre’ where users express some of their views. Ladies, need some beauty help for Valentines? See our beauty tips. Hopefully you can find all the local businesses you need for your home and garden this Spring. Please support local businesses when possible. Feedback is always welcome, so please keep sending it through. Tally & Chris

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Contents Mums the Word




Cool, Calm & Collected


Hammerwood Park


CAP Money Course




Valentine’s Beauty


Local History Notes




4 False ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows...


Save Our Wallis Centre


Penshurst Place


The Girl’s Got it


What’s On


East Grinstead Living Notice: East Grinstead Living prints various articles, features, and advertisements. Although these appear in East Grinstead Living, any opinions expressed are the opinion of the author, these are not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. © Copyright East Grinstead Living 2014. The contents of this publication are written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

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Quote of the month

Something my mum taught me years and years and years ago, is life’s just too short to carry around a great bucket-load of anger and resentment and bitterness and hatreds and all that sort of stuff. Kevin Rudd

Top Tip for Mother’s this Valentines Valentines Day for the family... As we all know, we mothers often end up sacrificing alot for our children and family. However this Valentines Day take a couple of days beforehand to steal snippets of time to pamper yourself with some new make-up, beauty treatments (either at the salon or at home), new hair style, etc. The 14th is a good excuse for a little ‘me’ time, if ever there was one!

Since February is the month of hugs and kisses it’s the perfect time to ‘show a little love’ to our family, friends, etc. What a great excuse for a little ‘come together’ time to have a family group bear hug, play your favourite board games, make & swap friendship bracelets, show a little extra love to your pets, etc. If you need an excuse, you’ve got one on (or around) the 14th! (Suggestion: leave the Valentine’s day evening free for the adults however...).

News from EG Business Association 2013 was a busy year for the East Grinstead Business Association – the launch of the McIndoe Memorial Statue Fund, the Fundraising Retro Dance, the station and Bluebell Railway Meet & Greet trials with the help of Waitrose volunteers, the recording and video filming of the new East Grinstead song, Meridian Line, were but a few of our activities - as well as our regular twice monthly networking meetings to bring local businesses together. Will 2014 be less frenetic? The much talked about McIndoe Memorial Statue will be unveiled, probably in June. Judging by media attention so far this will be a big moment for East Grinstead – an event in which the people of the town will be able to participate in. The McIndoe Bluebell Pullman, a one off event, will run on the 22nd February – more information on The Meridian Line song and video will be ‘published’ and the inaugural East Grinstead business lecture

will take place. Following the successful Meet & Greet trials carried out with the ECTC, the service will be developed into a regular feature. Those interested in helping should contact Looming large in many residents’ minds is airport expansion – should Gatwick have an additional runway? The EGBA will be working closely with local businesses to establish and promulgate their views. The EGBA will continue seeking ways to make East Grinstead a DESTINATION as well as working to bring together small and local businesses to provide selfhelp, networking and where necessary a unified voice. Are you a member? Perhaps you should be. Find out more at

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Cool, Calm & Collected By Simon Kerr, Tourism & Information Officer

I am in my own small way a collector, and my speciality is anything connected with East Grinstead and its surroundings. Over the years I seem to have acquired a small library of literary works either about East Grinstead, or otherwise featuring the town perhaps in fictional form. One of my favourites is a novel by Penelope Gilliatt with one of the scenes set outside a Chinese Restaurant in East Grinstead. The heroine is fleeing from London where a genetically mutated plague has caused the capital to be quarantined. I had to pay £3.50 for a book that originally sold for just under 18p so you can see that there’s some money to be made here. I’ve also got a good number of postcards of East Grinstead, and some of my favourites being the hand tinted ones. I never fail to turn them over though and read the messages on the reverse. And yes, the immortal phrase “having a lovely time, wish you were here” often features!

There will be a stamp or two involved of course and I collect those too. I’m especially fond of these Good King Wenceslas themed postage stamps, illustrated by David Gentlemen. They are always connected in my mind to the fact that the carol was composed here at Sackville College.

Special editions of the local paper; I’ll treasure my copy showing the Olympic torch passing through the town. Other little gems such as an original 1948 will of the then Warden of Sackville College including a bequest to his chauffeur, and other rather sadder ones of local servicemen obviously just called up and off to the war – ‘all to my Mother’. Somewhere I have squirreled away some promissory notes issued by the East Grinstead Old Bank, but sadly never managed to acquire a genuine East Grinstead Halfpenny. There’s one for sale as I write, at a modest 45 Euros from a coin dealer in Germany. I won’t bore you with the drawer full of architectural plans for a shop in London Road from 1904, although they are fresh as the day they were drawn, in rather better shape than the shop itself in fact. There’s also the pride of my collection, a complete set of notes and drawings covering garden designs by Gertrude Jekyll and architectural sketches by the celebrated architect, Edwin Lutyens of a house not a million miles from East Grinstead. Before you assume that I paid a fortune for these, I have to confess that in this instance they are full size colour copies, but still fascinating reading. So if this prompts you to take up collecting yourself, then I have some very good news for you. From February 19th there will be a monthly Collectors Fair at Chequer Mead from 10am to 3pm the next two will be on 19th March and 16th April. Coins, postcards, stamps and other collectibles will be on sale. See you there perhaps?

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Hammerwood Park Hidden away and little publicised on Sussex’s northern boundary is one of the country’s gems of heritage. It’s a historic parkland at the centre of which is a historic house with an intriguing history and which in the summer welcomes its doors to visitors willing to embrace the extraordinary and a quiet inspiration of stamina. The origins of the Park are depicted on a map which was part of a wider survey of the area in 1641 and of which copies are in the East Sussex Records Office. The maps depicted with incredible detail the landscape from the Kent border and Scarlett’s pond down to the river which flows through the valley from East Grinstead and subsequently joins up with the river flowing through Forest Row. This area of the Wealden valleys was renowned for having the woods to power furnaces, rivers to power hammers, and iron ore in the stone below the ground. This combination of resources has put settlements on the map since Roman times with a hammer pond (a pond created specifically for providing power to water-powered forges, blast furnaces, etc.) marked on the map plus a Roman road marked out as running nearby at Holtye. The maps also indicate a certain magic of the area so wonderfully unchanged with many positions of gates to fields still in the same places as they were hundreds of years ago. A curved field boundary indicates the other natural resource for which this area was prized: as a hunting park. Approached through three gates, St Anne’s Gate, St Mary’s Gate and St John’s Gate and having field

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names referring to bishops such as “Buscops Mead”, the area now known as Hammerwood Park, was for centuries steeped in the sacred. A theme possibly to have been built upon by the structure’s famous architect Latrobe, who himself personally carried a long heritage. Benjamin Henry Latrobe was born in 1764, the son of a minister serving the Moravian Church in London, connected with both with the Wesleys and Methodists and Count Zinzendorf and freemasonry. The late 18th century was an exciting time from which so much of our view of the modern world derives. This was the period of revolution, of agriculture, industry, science, enlightenment and indeed, with the French Revolution of 1789, of society itself. London of the 1790s was an exciting place to be, a spot for the congregating of the learned, as well as flight from troubles in Europe. Musically Mozart had blazed a trail of fame and Haydn was now resident in London. Both were freemasons and Haydn stayed in the house next door to Latrobe. It was from this context that in 1792 the house at Hammerwood Park arose, designed by Latrobe, using local stone. He would later go on to America in 1795 to become architectural adviser to President Jefferson, working on The White House for President Madison and taking the building of the US Capitol in Washington from its foundations to finished splendour, then rebuilding it again when the British burned it down in 1812.

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Latrobe’s ideas for the house at Hammerwood, built for John Sperling about whom we know little other than a hint of Moravian connection, clearly changed as he considered the site of the house in the landscape. A drawing held in the V&A drawings library shows the house with a less ostentatious central block, and it was that design for the centre of the house which was to be built the following year in 1793 on a different site in Forest Row, Ashdown House - now a preparatory school. The parklands at both Ashdown and Hammerwood are different but bear similarities, designed by Latrobe to make the best use of natural features in the spirit of Humphrey Repton (the last great landscape designer of the 18th Century) who we know to have been a good friend of the architect. The house at Hammerwood went through a history of ownerships in the following two centuries: a banking family and then another affected by the heir being killed in the World War One in 1915. The 20th century saw turbulence and decay, use by 200 troops billeted there in World War Two, and conversion into flats.

The following period in the 1970s was perhaps its most mysterious, falling into dereliction whilst providing the backdrop for a film about its then infamous owners, the heavy metal rock band, Led Zepellin. With their song “Stairway to Heaven”, however, the connection of the house with the sacred was not lost. And the antics of the modern Gods of Excess, renowned for use of mind altering substances, whose followers at festivals became transformed into a worshipping frenzy, were to echo the spirit of the plaques Benjamin Latrobe nearly 200 years before, had incorporated into the house. Hammerwood’s temples bear plaques introducing Bacchus, the Greek god Dionysus; the house is in fact the first of Greek Revival architecture to be built in England. Thanks to the rock band focusing on business elsewhere, the house became

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neglected and derelict. This dereliction provided a release for the house which perhaps would otherwise have been ruined by property development and continued use as flats! The Pinnegar family were to take it on and through over a 30 year period have celebrated its heritage in all its forms, restoring it to the extent that resources allow, enabling it to live as a backdrop to fashion shoots and films, promoting music and concerts with performances of the highest standards, and giving opportunities to volunteers, educational visits from schools and opening it to the public with guided tours in the Summer. And most importantly preserving this important part of local heritage and architecture for future generations. Please email antespam@gmail. com if you would like to be kept informed of concerts at the house. Public opening is at 2pm on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons for the tour from June until the end of September.

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Probably the most popular dish in the western region of Africa, Jollof rice is a one-pot dish to relish. Its origins are unclear, but it gets its name from the Wolof language where it is known as Benachin meaning ‘one pot’. Each region has its variation on this dish, but the results are always the same - tasty!

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1. Liquidise the tomatoes, onion and pepper in a blender or food processor. Tip into a large saucepan, then cover and cook over a medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes. Add the tomato puree, bay leaf, garlic, curry powder and thyme. Simmer for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2. Add the stock or water and bring to boil. 3. Add the rice, stir, then cover and turn down the heat. Allow to simmer over a low heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender. During cooking, check and stir occasionally to make sure there is enough liquid to cook the rice. This is to ensure that the rice does not burn. If there is not enough, add a little extra water. Tip 1: You could use easy cook brown rice in this recipe, though it will take about an extra 10-15 minutes to cook, so keep an eye on the liquid and top up if necessary. Tipp 2: Serve with grilled chicken, fish or meat and some brightly coloured steamed vegetables or a side salad. To save on time, fresh or frozen vegetables can be added to the pan towards the end of cooking and allowed to steam. l EE na s FR atio ent uc sm Ed ses As

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Local History Notes

Douglas Yeoman Blakiston By Dorothy Hatwell


ouglas Yeoman Blakiston (pronounced Blackiston) was the vicar of St. Swithuns Church, East Grinstead from 1871 to 1908. He was born in Lymington, Hampshire, the third son of Peyton Blakiston and his wife, Frances. Peyton’s well known grandfather, Sir Matthew Blakiston, had been an Alderman of the City of London and Lord Mayor in 1760. Sir Matthew had subsequently moved his family to Lymington, where his eldest son, Peyton (Douglas’s father), was born in 1801. In 1841 Peyton’s family is living in Birmingham; he is described as a physician and fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His wife, Frances, is not listed but John, 19, Peyton Junior, 10 and Douglas himself (then 8 ) are there. By 1851 they had moved to Hastings and Douglas’ father is now listed as “clergyman without”, presumably he had not yet been assigned to a church. Somewhere between 1841 and 1851 he must have taken Holy Orders. Whether he ever actually served as a vicar is unclear, for in his will when he died on December 17th 1878, his name is suffixed by the initials MD and his address is Harley Street. Douglas’ older brother, Peyton, joined the navy and rose to the rank of commander. At the time of the 1861 census he was living on board ship in the Grand Harbour in Malta. Douglas himself married Sophia Matilda Dent in 1861, at the time of his marriage Douglas was an artist. He had been a student at the Royal Academy and won a Silver Medal for his work. Paintings by him can be found in the Birmingham City Art Gallery, Emanuel College Cambridge and the Royal Society. In the Royal College of Physicians hangs one his paintings which is of his of older brother, Peyton Blakiston; incidentally, it can currently be viewed on the BBC website under “Your Paintings”. Douglas later painted portraits of four previous parishioners on the organ pipes in St. Swithuns; one of which is of his son, Charles. St Swithuns also own two other paintings by him. His main work was portraiture and apparently he regularly sketched his friends and colleagues. One of these pencil sketches still exist in private hands. He drew Samuel Butler, the author of “Erewhon” in 1854. Douglas’ son, Herbert, later confirmed this in a letter in 1917. Perhaps influenced by his father’s change of

Portrait of Peyton Blakiston by Douglas Blakiston (Royal College of Physicians)

profession, Douglas went to Downing College, Cambridge, and was ordained as a minister in 1868. This was very much against the wishes of his wife who said, “I married an artist, not a clergyman.” He went to work in the parishes of Toft and Caldecote as the curate. By this time he and Sophia had six children, four sons and two daughters. The oldest, Herbert Edward Douglas, was eight and the youngest, William Peyton, just a year old. By the time of the 1881 Census the family was living in St. Swithun’s Vicarage, Douglas had been the vicar since October 1871. The two girls, Emily and Mabel, were still living at home and attending school, as was the youngest boy William. Douglas gave lectures using a magic lantern. The subject is unknown but there is a record of him giving one at Dunnings Mill on June 7th 1884. In 1889, the Vicarage was burgled, the thief gaining entrance through an upstairs window. Only money was taken, some of it from the church collection. It is not known if the burglar was ever caught, but

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precautions were taken to prevent a re-occurrence. To quote Douglas: “The ladders are now locked and the bull dog left at large in the house. The latter to be a terror to evil-doers in the hours of darkness” Douglas’ son Charles, a surgeon, died at the age of 24 in 1887. He was accidentally shot by a colleague while out shooting rabbits in Shropshire. He was unmarried so his estate was administered by his father and brother, Herbert. This was, however, not the only tragedy to befall the Blakistons. Two other sons also died in their twenties; two years earlier in 1889, William, a banker’s clerk had fallen under a train at Charing Cross Station and John Lionel was killed in 1896 whilst serving as a telegraph operator in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the Matebele Wars. He’d sent this last message to Salisbury: “Alice Mine surrounded. Send help immediately. Our only chance. Goodbye.” In the St Swithuns parish magazine in July 1896, the letter from John Lionel’s commanding officer is quoted; “News from Salisbury of gallant action by patrol of twenty three men bringing women and children from Mazoe in armoured mule waggon through the rebels, (Mashona tribesmen). Desperate fighting for a day and night, rebels getting up to six yards from waggon and shooting well.” Tragically, Douglas’ daughters also pre-deceased him. Mabel Frances died in West Kensington, a spinster in 1910 and Emily Maud Louise died in 1912, also unmarried, having lived with her sister and mother. Soon after, Douglas’ wife Sophia Matilda, died in 1912, two years before her husband. Surprisingly, Sophia is not buried within East Grinstead but in St John’s Church at Felbridge. The only one of Douglas and Sophia’s six offspring

to outlive his parents was Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston. He attended Trinity College, Oxford and was ordained in 1888. He went on to have a distinguished career as the President of Trinity College, Oxford. He was later elected the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University and noted for his opposition to giving women degrees and his disinclination to admit coloured students to his college. His portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Douglas Yeoman Blakiston had retired in 1908, having served the community of East Grinstead for 37 years. He had been greatly disturbed by a fire that engulfed the Vicarage in 1908. The building was under-insured and he was personally responsible for about £1000, a very large sum in those days. The previous year, Douglas had also been involved in a battle with the tax inspector over whether income tax was payable on the Easter offering of the church collection. He lost his appeal which went to the House of Lords; he wrote of the case in a book entitled “Church Disaster” published in 1908. In it he said “A bygone system of raising money, some newly discovered and interesting particulars of East Grinstead”. It is not clear to what he refers but when later that same year the Vicarage fire occurred, it clearly must have contributed to his sense of paranoia. Douglas died in a nursing home in Lingfield on September 7th 1914 and is buried in the Queens Road Cemetery. Probate of his will was granted to Herbert, his sole surviving child. Herbert was struck by a car in 1948 when walking at Boars Hill, Oxfordshire. He had moved there after retiring from the university. Tragically, he died the next day, in the Radford Imfirmary, without regaining consciousness. His body was brought back to East Grinstead for burial and lies in the same grave as his father in Queen’s Road Cemetery.

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Mount Everest is the Tallest mountain on the planet. Mount Everest is one whopping huge mountain, but is it the tallest in the world? No. A mountain is highest in regard to how far it soars above sea level. But technically it is tallest from base to summit. And Mauna Kea in Hawaii beats them all for being the tallest. Here’s the lowdown: Above sea level, Mauna Kea (in Hawaii) is only 13,799 feet (4,206 meters). But when you count the enormous portion of it that’s underwater, it’s 33,465 feet tall (10,200 meters). Everest is only 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level (with none of it below sea level).


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‘Save Our Wallis Centre’ As most readers will know the much-loved Wallis Centre is under threat of closure this Spring. Many in the town feel strongly about the centre which has served the community so well over many years, helping children from all backgrounds have a good start to their adult lives. Here is some personal feedback from users: ‘The Wallis Centre is an essential part of the community of East Grinstead. Why? It currently caters for 18 youth groups of various causes, over 600 hundred people use it on a regular basis. If the Wallis Centre is taken away/sold, then there will be absolutely nowhere for our youth of East Grinstead to go with potentially damaging consequences for all in our area. We, Training Ship Resolution (NTC), have been looking for the past 2 years for a permanent home for our group - there are no halls, no scout halls, no church halls, no village halls and now the threat to our only salvation still available - The Wallis Centre! What will happen to all the young people when the centre is closed? It worries me immensely that all these young people will have nowhere to go! I know from our own group what a massive and positive impact our syllabus has on our cadets; they become confident, achieve social awareness and gain excellent team building skills. The cadets can then go on after this age to become Officers/Instructors with responsibilities including training of younger cadets. If our group, along with all the other 17 disappear, this will further diminish our already

inadequate resources for teaching our youth in core social values! They will potentially become youths roaming the streets, bored and drifting and or stuck at home with their parents unable to integrate into society rather than useful and contributing members of society. Come on, its time to do something!’ - Ian Watkins, Nautical Training Corps ‘I run the 4th East Grinstead Brownie Unit out of the Wallis Centre, having moved there 18 months ago from St Lukes Church which was and still is under threat of closure. We chose the Wallis Centre as our new home for many reasons including, ideal location, well run, reasonable pricing and excellent kitchen and space facilities. If the Wallis Centre closes in April, we will be forced to move the Brownies for the second time in two years. Having looked at the other options back in 2012, I know we will struggle to find anywhere else in East Grinstead which offers the same amenities and support we need. We pride ourselves on being an organisation that welcomes girls from all backgrounds and

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situations and the Wallis Centre caters for those needs. If the centre was to close it could result in our units having to close and the children missing out.’ - Laura Harding, Leader 4th East Grinstead Brownies ‘I represent MusicHub which is based at the Wallis Centre. We meet 2-3 Thursdays a month and give people (mainly young) the opportunity to learn or improve on a musical instrument and play in a real band. The Wallis Centre provides all we need in terms of space and storage - we need multiple rooms for different groups to practice in along with on-site storage for all of our equipment. From the feedback we get from our students we know that we’re offering something that’s unique in the town and therefore valuable to the growing numbers that attend.’ - Ben Manning, MusicHub Please consider joining the Facebook Group ‘Save the Wallis Centre’ and/or write to your local Town Councillor, West Sussex County Councillor or MP about this.



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Penshurst Place Visitors to Penshurst Place are well advised to take a few moments before entering this magnificent 14th Century country house. Because here is living, breathing history covering more than six centuries of turbulent English life yet remarkably it has been in the hands of the Sidney family since 1552. That is what gives the house its sense of enduring permanence. Just 10 miles from East Grinstead, you really are stepping back in time. The house occupies a commanding position over the River Medway and it has stood guard over the ancient Kent village of Penshurst since building began in 1341. Arrive in the quiet of morning and you can feel history coming alive around you. Once this was a place where kings came to play and to hunt, politicians visited and literary giants were inspired to write in homage. Today it is an elegant family home beloved of tourists and local people. It has also formed the backdrop to popular films including Anne of a Thousand Days and The Other Boleyn Girl and TV programmes such as Merlin and the BBC adaption of Shakespeare’s Henvy V, The Hollow Crown.

at Penshurst while courting Anne Boleyn, who lived nearby at Hever Castle, her childhood home. It is said that Henry proposed to Anne there, under the ancient Sidney oak tree that is believed to be more than 1000 years old and still clinging to life. The Tudor trail between the two properties remains today and is a popular historical route for walkers and cyclists. In 1552 the house was gifted by Henry’s son, King Edward VI, to Sir William Sidney, his first steward. William’s son Henry grew up with Edward and legend has it that the 15-year-old Edward died in Henry’s arms. Penshurst has remained in the Sidney family to this day and subsequent occupants have included influential literary and political figures, such as the Early Renaissance poet Sir Philip Sidney. This family connection is what gives Penshurst the sense that it perfectly belongs in the space it occupies. Over the years changes and alterations have been made that blend effortlessly into the original building.

It might be stretching the point to say it has a bloody past but in 1521 King Henry VIII seized Penshurst Place after he had the Duke of Buckingham, its then owner, tried for treason and beheaded.

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Place, gently framing the wonderful building with a variety of landscapes. Follow the gently sloping Lime Tree walk to access the house or detour through the wooden door in the walled garden to find a vista of orchards, topiary, fountains and object d’art. The grade 1 listed 11-acre walled gardens are amongst the oldest in private ownership, and have remained close to their original Elizabethan design. A series of self-contained ‘rooms’ providing colour and interest for much of the year are divided by more than a mile of yew hedging. As you venture further through the gardens you reach the Italian Gardens where the magnificent south side is revealed, a scene that has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Now let us step inside. Current incumbents, Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L’Isle and his wife Lady De L’Isle inherited the estate in 1991, which was by that time in good working order thanks to the efforts of his father, William Sidney, a leading figure politician who served in Churchill’s government and who saved Penshurst from potential ruin after it suffered bomb damage in the Second World War. The property was built in 1341 by Sir John Pulteney, who was at the time the Mayor of London and an influential wool merchant and financier. Over the past six centuries many additions have been made to the medieval architecture. The original building comprised the H-shaped block of the present house, a great hall with a two-storey cross-wing at either end. This layout would have formed the centrepiece of a larger manorial complex. Sections of the original building have been rebuilt but several elements remain intact including the magnificent Baron’s Hall and West Solar.

On entering the Baron’s Hall it is easy to get lost in the scale of the original architecture. The vast, stone-flagged interior is illuminated by tall windows with ornate tracery arches and covered by a vast open-timbered chestnut roof of a single span with magnificent carpentry displayed in the carved supporting figures. In the middle of the hall is the original open hearth and at one end, a timber screen to the passageway and Minstrels Gallery. At the other end of the room, there is a dais for a high table and an open stone stair leading to the withdrawing apartments upstairs. Today visitors love the sense of peace and grandeur of this room, so it is easy to forget that this would once have been the beating heart of the house packed with people and their animals. You only need to close your eyes to imagine Henry VIII holding court here as he fed copiously from tables filled to groaning with the fruits of his hunt and vegetables from the gardens. The sound of minstrels singing and playing, tapestries hanging on the wall, the fire roaring away and elegantly dressed couturiers attending to the King, would have made this room the centre of power in medieval England. Above this room lies the The Queen Elizabeth Room where Lady Mary Sidney nursed Queen Elizabeth through smallpox, unfortunately catching the disease herself and being badly disfigured by it. From here you can access the Tapestry Room, the Page’s Room and The Long Gallery. One of the great features about this house is that it also has a wonderful collection of furniture, tapestries, armour and artworks brought in by the Sidney family over hundreds of years.

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The Girl’s Got it!

East Grinstead’s very own Emma Tindley was last month awarded ‘Best Wedding Dress Designer 2014’ by the Wedding Industry Awards. This comes after a thorough search from across the whole of the UK for the best; these awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the wedding industry. Another gem in our town’s crown! The awards were hosted by Sky News’ Sarah Hewson at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, London in front of a 450 strong audience to recognise the very best in service, creativity and professionalism. In total 1,250 companies (of various categories) entered and 23,000 votes were cast by newlyweds. Here is a Q&A with Emma: How long have you been a Wedding Designer? I see up the boutique in East Grinstead 12 years ago. This was my first venture into the Bridal Industry and I’ve loved every minute. What is the process of being picked as the Wedding Designer of the Year? The Wedding Industry Awards have quite a long process in selecting winners. Firstly my clients had to vote for me by answering 7 questions and scoring each out of 10. The numbers are crunched and an average score created. Any company above this score becomes a finalist. All the finalists are then judged by a panel of industry experts based on the comments made by the brides. Each judge awards gold/silver and bronze. The business with the most golds wins the region. So I was winner for London and the South East. Then each regional winner has an interview

with a judge. This together with all the brides scores and comments and any other work submitted is then placed before another panel of industry experts and they select an overall national winner. It’s a very long and thorough process. The national winner is then announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London. Exciting stuff! What was your reaction when you found out your were the winner? I was just absolutely delighted to be recognised for all the hard work I put into every dress created. We really look after our clients and it’s nice to see that top industry experts agree. There was lots of cheering and a few tears of absolute joy. A fantastic night. What was the part you most remembered about the evening as a whole? One of the moments I remember most was talking to some of the judges after and hearing them say I was such a deserving winner. It really means so much. What has happened since, what has the local reaction been? Local and national reaction has been immense. I have been contacted by PR companies, magazines, boutiques and brides. My twitter @emmatindley account and Facebook: Emma Tindley Bridal Boutique have gone mad with lots of congratulation messages and enquiries are rolling in thick and fast. It’s just all amazing and rather fantastic. I’m just thrilled to have won such a prestigious award and to have worked with so many lovely brides who voted for me and said such amazing things.

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What’s On in February

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Friday 7th February

Children’s storytime and craft activity. Come join in the fun. Free tickets available from the library. 10:30 - 11:30am. Call: 01342 332900.

Friends of East Grinstead Museum present: The Seven Sisters and the Cuckmere Valley. An illustrated talk by Monty Larkin, a local conservation advisor, recounting the fascinating history of the area. East Court Mansion, 8pm start. Members free; non-members £2.50. Friday 7th February

Philipines Relief Concert: East Grinstead Concert Band. Your help does make a hugh difference! Meridian Hall, East Court, RH19 3LT. At 8pm.Tickets: Bullfrog Music, Ship St. Call: 01342 315602 or 716992. Saturday 8th February

Mansion Market: Find the perfect gift for your Valentine amongst the beautiful, creative ideas and delicious food offered by friendly stallholders in and around an historic 18th century mansion. Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row, 11am - 4pm. Fee admission and parking. Wednesday 12th February

The Meridian Probus Club of East Grinstead for men retired from their professional or business life, meets locally at 10.15am for coffee followed by a talk by Richard Lunnis on ‘Immersed Tunnels’ and an optional pub lunch. New members welcome. For more information call 01342 323098. Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February

West Hoathly Local History Archive Exhibition of old photographs, maps, documents, artifacts, parish registers & recorded reminiscences. Special exhibit on the First World War. Come and see the whole collection. Bring any items of interest. Research your family history & maybe meet some old friends. Teas and raffle. West Hoathly village hall. 10am - 5pm. Wednesday 19th February

Mid Week Collectors Fair: coins, stamps, postcards and other collectables. 10 - 3pm at Chequer Mead. The Collectors Fair has evolved from a monthly Saturday market which was held until last year at Sackville School, following the closure of the Parish Hall. Though this event was not continuing, several stall holders were keen to keep the market going. It has not been possible to find a viable venue for a Saturday event thus it will be mid week. Thursday 20th February

We’re going on a bear hunt. Part of the East Grinstead Library’s 30th birthday celebrations.

Friday 21st February

Special Birthday Quiz: part of EG Library’s 30th birthday celebrations. Test your knowledge at the popular library quiz. Max 8 persons per team. Prizes for the winners. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 7 - 9:30pm. Call: 01342 332800. Saturday 22nd February

Volunteer Fair: Mid Sx District Council and EG CVS are running a Volunteer Fair at the EG Library, 10am till 1pm. Sunday 23rd February

Yew Lodge Traditional Sunday Lunch. Our popular lunches continue to be held on the last Sunday of the month. The price of a two course meal, plus coffee/tea & mints is an all-inclusive at £25 per adult and £15 for children. See our website for details and a sample menu. Thursday 27th February

Sex Love and Violence in Medieval Europe. Part of the EG library’s 30th birthday celebrations. Popular authors Michael Jecks, Angus Donald and Jim Burge will be joining us for a brilliantly funny and informative panel event. Tickets £3 to include light refreshments, available from the library. 7 - 8:30pm. Call: 01342 332900. Friday 28th February

Days out fair at Saint Hill. Sussex Top Attractions trade fair for those involved in tourism and group travel. All the major Sussex and South East tourism attractions under one roof promoting their businesses to those involved in tourism and those organising days out. If you have a group that you organise days out for, then this is the place to pick up new ideas of where to go. Also an excellent venue for all those involved in the accommodation sector to come and pick up the new 2014 brochures. East Grinstead Tourist Information will be there with all the latest publications promoting the town. 10 - 1pm. Saturday 1st March

One Town One Book Launch. Part of the Library’s 30th Birthday celebrations. From the 1st March we want as many people as possible reading TARNISHED by Julia Crouch, culminating in a special author event

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What’s On in February and book discussion in June. Pick up a copy from EG library. 9:30am - 6:15pm. Monday 3rd March

Travelling Trends Fashion Show: high street clothes, all prices slashed, bargains galore. Don’t miss out, come along to this event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun hosted by travelling trends. Help to raise much needed funds for Ashurst Wood community pre-school. £5 including 1 free drink on arrival. Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start. For tickets call 07917 414031, at Ashurst Wood primary school. Friday 7th March

Friends of East Grinstead Museum present: The Magic of the Pantomime. Ian Gledhill will talk about this enduring and peculiarly British institution, interspersed with personal anecdotes from working and appearing in pantos. East Court Mansion, Start 8pm. Sunday 9th March

Yew Lodge Wedding Fair. Free admission & car parking. 12 noon - 4pm. Felcourt Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2JX. Call: 01342 870003. Friday 14th March

Ashdown Rambling Club’s annual Sybil Martin Memorial Lecture. This year the club welcomes Colin Snook who will be giving an illustrated talk entitled “Oh, Get on With It!”, a fascinating account of his 4000 mile, 347 day charity walk around the coastline of Britain. Colin’s talk starts at 8pm, with doors open from 7.30pm. All are welcome. Tickets at door, club members £1, non-members £2 including refreshments. For further information please email or phone Tim on 01342 321842. at the Meridian Hall, RH19 3LT. Saturday 22nd March

Alice`s Adventures in Wonderland: a brand new adaptation by Box Tale Soup. You will be invited down the rabbit hole into a timeless world of beautiful paper puppets and wondrous fantasy. The show is for all ages and is `magical, intelligent, engagingly acted and thoughtfully structured... a whirlwind of puppetry and physically dynamic acting’, a sell out at last years Hastings Literary Festival not to be missed. Adult £6 Child £4 Family £20, a family treat on the day before Mothers Day suitable for all ages 5 plus. Hartfield Village Hall on at 3pm. Tickets from Caroline Tully 01892 770730,

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What’s on at Chequer Mead Friday 7th February at 7pm Saturday 8th February at 2:30pm

Ardingly Prep School presents: Alice in Wonderland. A stunning musical adaption. The show follows Alices adventures as she makes her way through a magical world of make believe. This is a youth production. Thursday 13th February at 7:30pm

Norwell Lapley Productions presents: The Upbeat Beatles. If you missed them in 1963- Now is your chance! Friday 14th February at 8pm

Fisher Stevens presents: Elvis in Vegas show. A multi award winning tribute artist who has performed all over the world. Monday 17th February at 7:30pm

Chimes International Entertainment presents: Abbamania. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life... Tuesday 18th February at 2pm

Thats Entertainment Productions presents: Theo The Mouse. From the award winning writer of TV favourites Sooty & Basil Brush comes the UK’s cleverest children’s character, Theo the Mouse. Thursday 20th February to Saturday 22nd February 7:30pm, 2:30pm (Fri,Sat)

Act One Beginners presents: Our House. A truly British Olivier Award winning musical. This is a youth production. Monday 24th February at 7:30pm

Randan Events presents: Horse. For the uninitiated, Horse is a Scottish female singer-songwriter, with a wide following in the UK and worldwide. She is noted for her rich, sonorous voice and songs which have been backdrops to lives. Wednesday 26th February at 7:30pm

The Blues Band: If music matures like fine wine, 1979 was a vintage year. That is when Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness, from the hugely successful Manfred Mann, returned to their first love, the Blues. Thursday 27th February at 8pm

Grin and Bare It. An evening showcasing some of the best new talent on the London open mic scene. It is a 2 hour show containing 8 comedians of widely different style and humour.

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