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“400 year old Almshouse, still in use” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sackville College Almshouse

Sackville College Almshouse
Ranked #1 of 1 Tours in East Grinstead
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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“400 year old Almshouse, still in use”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Sackville College in East Grinstead is a perfect example of a Jacobean alms-house. The Great Hall with its Minstrels' Gallery and hammer beam roof is impressive, as is the Chapel with its carved door and the study. The sandstone buildings and the enclosed courtyard are delightful.

In 1609 Robert Sackville, Earl of Dorset, left £1,000 for the building and a rent charge of £330, for the endowment of a 'hospital or college' for twenty-one poor men and ten poor women, to be under the patronage and government of his heirs. 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.

The Revd. Dr. John Mason Neale, the Victorian hymn-writer, was employed as Warden from1846 to1866 during which time he wrote many well-known hymns and carols, including "Good King Wenceslas" and "Jerusalem the Golden".
It is a haven of tranquility that seems to have been by-passed by modern life and is well worth a visit. I do not believe there are any fees but it is a charity and contributions are welcome.

Visited May 2014
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