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Sackville College Almshouse

High Street, East Grinstead RH19 3BX, England
+44 1342 323414
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Travelling with an Arts Society group, we all enjoyed this visit, the comprehensive guided tour of... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
macandjenny
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Somerset
A 17th Century masterpiece build by the Sackville Family

These ancient almshouses are still lived in and only certain public rooms and the chapel are open... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
colinjohnsonipad
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Visitors to Sackville College enter a building that is nearly 400 years old. The College's connection with the Sackville family goes back to the year 1609 and the will of Robert Sackville, Earl of Dorset. This provided a sum of money with which to buy land and "build a convenient house of brick and stone" to be used as an almshouse. For many years the College had a second use, too: providing overnight accommodation for the Sackville family as they journeyed to and from their estates in Sussex. The heads of the Sackville family have been Patrons of the College through its history. The present Patron is the 11th Earl De La Warr . Opening Season Mid June to Mid September. Groups can visit at other times by prior arrangement
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High Street, East Grinstead RH19 3BX, England
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

Travelling with an Arts Society group, we all enjoyed this visit, the comprehensive guided tour of a most interesting and historic building.

Thank macandjenny
Stephen M, Webmaster at Sackville College Almshouse, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

Delighted you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 23 May 2017

These ancient almshouses are still lived in and only certain public rooms and the chapel are open to the public from time to time and certainly worth a visit when in East Grinstead. However, it would be prudent to check on the Internet the days...More

Thank colinjohnsonipad
Stephen M, Web Master at Sackville College Almshouse, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit. John Mason Neale was Warden (1846-1866) and he wrote the words to Good King Wenceslas and other hymns & carols.

Reviewed 26 March 2017

We were staying at the Landmark Trust property, Sackville House, opposite Sackville College, and we were able to arrange a visit to the College. We had an excellent guide who showed us the major rooms, and explained the history of the college - a community...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I have taken a group of friends, neighbours and a group with young onset dementia and all have enjoyed this historic gem tucked away on East Grinsteads medieval High Street. The accommodating guide varied her talk to engage different levels of interest. The amazing thing...More

Thank Rachel W
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Amazing building with loads of history. Great to have a guided tour when they are open to hear all the details.

Thank Sophiebella2013
Reviewed 2 December 2016

very interesting visit, include a guided tour, the organist wrote Good King Wenceles (sic) I think. Remains home to some lucky people

Thank pvinnicombe
Reviewed 20 September 2016

What a find! A highly personalised service, beautifully executed by charming volunteer staff with a real passion and appreciation for this stunning ancient building. So many interesting facts and heartening to know how much good has been done to help the poor and needy through...More

Thank Jill P
Reviewed 13 September 2016

If your in East Grinstead and have a few minutes to spare, visiting the Sackville College is well worth while. You will see the way people have lived, and still do, in the alms-houses [a number of small dwellings which make up the college]. The...More

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Stephen M, Web Master at Sackville College Almshouse, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit. The College was founded as an Almshouse in 1609 by Robert Sackville 2nd Earl of Dorset. John Mason Neale was Warden (1846-1866) and he wrote the words to Good King Wenceslas and other hymns & carols.

Reviewed 13 September 2016

Sackville College, along with the rest of East Grinstead High Street, has a wonderful history. Must be the best maintained area .

1  Thank Hattie80
Reviewed 13 October 2015

We are local to this beautiful almshouse and visit every few years. Jacobean in period, all the features are there to look at and wander around. Sit in the lovely courtyard and then contemplate life in the peaceful chapel. Homemade cakes, tea and coffee available...More

1  Thank JacqR45
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Robin C
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Response from Stephen M | Property representative |
Yes if you are a group of 4 or more. Please contact the College Almoner on 01342 323414 and give a few days notice. A guide may then be available to take you round.
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