East Grinstead, located in West Sussex, is a fairly ancient market town that was once the capital of the old High Weald. The town is best known for being home of Sackville College, where the carol Good King Wenceslas was written. While in East Grinstead, visitors should make a point to visit the college, particularly the 17th Century almshouse where the carol was actually penned. There is also an art museum in town that should not be missed when visiting East Grinstead. The railways is another sight to see while in town in addition to the numerous walkways and trails that are ideal for those who enjoy nature to explore the countryside.
East Grinstead is situated in the north eastern corner of Mid Sussex. East Grinstead is close to the eastern part of Surrey and also borders Kent.
East Grinstead is located about twenty seven miles south of London, twenty one miles north east of Brighton and thirty eight miles north east of Chichester.
The town of East Grinstead covers an area of six thousand and thirty five acres. East Grinstead has a population of about twenty three thousand nine hundred and forty two.
The town of East Grinstead is located west of Crawley, south west of Redhill and northwest of Reigate.
East Grinstead was the centre for the local government until 1974. The local government for the town was the district council of Grinstead Urban however it was once part of the district council of rural Cuckfield and included places such as Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.
The town of East Grinstead has a lot of historical buildings and there are a lot of timber framed buildings that date back as far as the fourteenth century. The town is located on the Greenwich Meridian.
There is a strong education network in the town and this is provided through both independent and state schools. The county council of West Sussex offers seven primary schools and two secondary schools within the town. All of the schools that are offered by the council are co-educational and comprehensive. The primary schools in the town are Baldwins Hill Primary School, Blackwell Primary School, Estcosts Primary School, Halsford Park Primary School. Meads Primary School, St Mary's Church of England Primary school and St Peters Roman Catholic Primary School. Baldwins Primary School is situated in a building that was opened in 1898 and it has one hundred pupils. Baldwins Hill Primary School is federated with Halsford Park Primary. Blackwell Primary School was opened in 1955 and it has a pupil base of two hundred. The school moved into a new building in 2006. Estcots Primary School was opened in the 1970's and has a pupil base of four hundred. Meads Primary School has a pupil base of two hundred and fifty, St Mary's Church of England Primary School has a pupil base of about two hundred and St Peters Roman Catholic Primary School has a pupil base of about two hundred. There are two secondary schools, which are Imberhorne School and Sackville School. People that are looking for education within a faith school are required to travel into the town of Crawley.