Sackville College, East Grinstead
Tour | Sackville College
Tuesday 9 May 2017 - 10:15 until 12:30
Sackville College is a Jacobean Almshouse founded by Robert Sackville, Earl of Dorset in 1609 and is still in use as an almshouse today. The College is a splendid example of Jacobean architecture being built nearly 400 years ago in Sussex sandstone around a quadrangle with large mullioned windows and four exquisite old doorways, the northern one of which bears the Dorset Coat of Arms.
The visit will include the Common Room where residents used to cook, the Great Hall with its Minstrels' Gallery and hammer beam roof, the Chapel with its carved door and the study where the Victorian hymnologist, the Revd Dr John Mason Neale, wrote Good King Wenceslas, Jerusalem the Golden and many other hymns and carols.
After the visit, the historic centre of East Grinstead is well worth exploring, with its many 15th and 16th century timber-framed buildings, and Georgian and Regency architecture.
This event has been organised by the Sussex Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.