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Sackville College  Church Street    East Grinstead  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1835The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex by Thomas Walker Horsfield, F.S.A.p. 386
1868Notes on East Grinstead by J. C. Stenning ⇒ p. 155
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 189
1904Highways and Byways in Sussex by E.V. Lucas ⇒ p. 227
1906The History of East Grinstead by Wallace Henry Hillsp. 96

Historical records

1608 to 1616HistorySackville CollegeHorsfield's Sussex
Sackville College.- Robert, the 2nd Earl of Dorset, by his will, dated the 10th of February, 1608, left £1,000 to build a college for a certain number of the poorer sort of men and women, and endowed the same with £330 per annum for their maintenance, and the necessary expenses connected therewith. .... This college was not built in the life time of Robert, Earl of Dorset, but afterwards by his son and heir, Earl Richard, and the executors and trustees named in Earl Robert's will, and was completed in or about the year 1616.

27th Feb 1609HistorySackville CollegeThe History of East Grinstead
Extract from Robert Sackville's will:
Whereas I have been long and still am purposed to build and erect an Hospital or College in the said Town or Parish of East Grinstead, in the County of Sussex, and to bestow on the building thereof the sum of one thousand pounds, or such a sum as shall be necessary, and to endow the same with a rent charge of £330 by the year, to be issuing out of all and singular my lands and tenements in the said County of Sussex, or elsewhere within the Realm of England, for ever, towards the relief of one and thirty single and unmarried persons, thereof one and twenty to be men and the other ten to be women, there to live, to pray, serve, honour, and praise Almighty God : I therefore will and devise that mine executors, if I shall not live to perform the same in my life-time, shall bestow a sufficient sum of money in the purchase of a fit place in the said Town or Parish of East Grinstead, to thereupon erect and build a convenient house, of brick and stone, with rooms of habitation for the said one and thirty persons, employing and bestowing thereupon such reasonable sums of money as they shall think fit in their discretions, and that they shall incorporate the same, according to the laws and statutes of this Realm, by the name of Sackville College for the poor.

1637 to 1684HistorySackville CollegeHorsfield's Sussex
The said Earl Richard, soon after his father's death, is understood to have sold and incumbered several of the estates, manors, &c., till at length, considerable sums in arrears being due to the college which could not be obtained, a bill, was in consequence filed in Chancery, and a decree of that court issued in 1637, charging all the estates, manors, &c., originally possessed by the said Earl Robert at the time of his death with the payment of a proportionate part from each to make up the sum of £330; as is set forth in a written particular, prepared and made by one of the then masters of the said Court. From 1637 to about 1684 many suits at law were instituted between the purchasers of such estates, manors, &c. (which had been sold by the said Earl Richard) and the pensioners of the college ; such purchasers contending that no understanding, covenant, or provision was given or made in their respective conveyances to render them liable to any proportionate part to be paid by them to the college, either under the will, decree, or otherwise ; so that on the bearing of these cases they were decided against the claims of the college, and the sums of £113 7s. 3d. thereby extinguished, leaving only £216 12s. 9d. for its future support, namely, from the year 1684, or thereabouts, to the present time.

1813 to 1835HistorySackville CollegeHorsfield's Sussex
It was subsequently considered that so great a deficiency in the revenue, and dividing the sum of £216 12s. 9d. among the original number of persons named in the founder's will was totally inadequate for their maintenance and support ; consequently, under the sanction and direction of the former patrons and the present [1835], the numbers have been gradually reduced to the present establishment [six men and six women] from 1813, and their pay accordingly augmented with a view of increasing their individual comfort, and to keep them if possible from the assistance of parochial aid. The revenue or rent charge of £216 12s. 9d. is the amount received for the support of the college for nearly 150 years, without any diminution, misapplication, or addition whatsoever, and from such persons who from time to time are possessed of the fee of such estates, manors, &c. as were apportioned, and remaining available under the decree.
It may also be observed that some of the spare apartments are occupied by widows, who reside therein gratuitously by permission of his grace the Duke of Dorset.
Sarah Andrews, F, age 70 to 74Sarah Andrews

6th Jun 1841CensusThomas Palmer, M, Head, age 65 to 69, born Sussex; occupation WardenThomas PalmerSackville College1841 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Harriot Palmer, F, [Wife], age 60 to 64, born SussexHarriot Palmer
Richard Crouch, M, age 86, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeRichard Crouch
Thomas Ledger, M, age 80 to 84, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeThomas Ledger
Richard Evershed, M, age 84, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeRichard Evershed
Edward Wickenden, M, age 86, born Sussex; occupation Pensioner Of The CollegeEdward Wickenden
John Hoare, M, age 71; occupation: pensioner of the collegeJohn Hoare
William Weller, M, age 71, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeWilliam Weller
Ann Alfrey, F, age 74, born Sussex; occupation pensioner of the collegeAnn Alfrey
Elizabeth Hooker, F, age 53, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeElizabeth Hooker
Elizabeth Furminger, F, age 70 to 74, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeElizabeth Firminger
Mary Payne, F, age 84, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeMary Payne [Head]
Ann Hall, F, age 73, born Sussex; occupation: pensioner of the collegeAnn Hall
Elizabeth Langridge, F, age 74, born Sussex; occupation: inmate of the collegeElizabeth Langridge [Thomset]
Jane Eve, F, age 71, born Sussex; occupation: inmate of the collegeJane Eve
Ann Holmes, F, age 78, born Sussex; occupation: inmate of the collegeAnn Holmes
Mary Edwards, F, age 71, born Sussex; occupation: inmate of the collegeMary Edwards
Martha Bailey, F, age 72, born Sussex; occupation: inmate of the collegeMartha Bailey
Elizabeth Lucas, F, age 22, born Sussex; occupation: servantElizabeth Lucas

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation MinisterBenjamin SlightSackville Cottage1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeCharlotte Slight [Twiss]
Servant, occupation: house servantEliza Briggs

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation COLLEGE WARDEnReverend John Mason Neale, D.D.Sackville College1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
WifeSarah Norman Neale [Webster]
DaughterKatherine Ermenild Neale
Servant; occupation SERVANTEmily Wells
Servant; occupation: servantAbagail A. Martin
Servant; occupation: servantSarah Sanders
Lodger; occupation pensionerSarah Andrews
Lodger; occupation: former servantElizabeth Hooker
Lodger; widowedElizabeth Alcock
Lodger, widowedJane Beard
Lodger; widowedMary Wren
Lodger; occupation: pensionerWilliam Everest
Lodger; widowed; handicap: blind; occupation: former publicanGeorge Taylor
Lodger; widowed; occupation: pensionerRichard Jenner, farm labourer
Lodger; widowed; occupation: pensionerEdward Martin

30th Mar 1851CensusLodger, occupation: labourerBenjamin ChapmanSackville College1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Lodger; occupation: parish reliefElizabeth Histed
Lodger; widowed; occupation: parish reliefAnne Hoare
Lodger; widowed; occupation PARISH RELIEFSarah West
Lodger; widowed; handicap: blind; occupation PARISH RELIEFSarah Ongley
Lodger; handicap: blind; occupation PARISH RELIEFElizabeth Ongley
Lodger, widowed, occupation: parish reliefSarah Comber
Lodger; widowed; occupation: parish reliefSarah Bish
Lodger; occupation INMATEArabella Swaysland
Lodger; occupation PORTERWilliam Wren
VisitorMary Ann Beard
VisitorEliza Carman
Lodger; occupation: pensionerElizabeth Smith

1855J.M. Neale and family, Sackville CollegeJ.M. Neale and family, Sackville College, East Grinstead photographed by Joseph CundallReverend John Mason Neale, D.D.Private collection

1860Sackville CollegeSackville College, East Grinstead by M & N HanhartStenning's East Grinstead

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Covey, M, Head, married, age 39, born Hampshire, occupation: surgeonGeorge Covey, surgeonSackville College, Church Street1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Helen C. Covey, F, Wife, married, age 38, born Tonbridge, KentHelen C. Covey
Ernest G.W. Covey, M, Son, age 13, born Hampshire, occupation: scholarErnest G.W. Covey
Edith M.H. Covey, F, Daughter, age 12, born Hampshire, occupation: scholarEdith M.H. Covey
Alexander J.S. Covey, M, Son, age 1, born East GrinsteadAlexander J.S. Covey
Ada Mary Covey, F, Daughter, age 9, born Hertfordshire, occupation: scholarAda Mary Covey
Esther Cherryman, F, Servant, widowed, age 35, born East Grinstead, occupation: nurseEsther Cherryman
Esther C. Fry, F, Servant, single, age 28, born East Grinstead; occupation: housemaidEsther C. Fry
Mary Conyear, F, Servant, single, age 40, born Yorkshire, occupation: cookMary Conyear
Sarah Knight, F, Other, widowed, age 74, born Lingfield, SurreySarah Knight
Elizabeth Simmons, F, Collegian, widowed, age 79, born SomersetElizabeth Simmons
Edward Gardner, M, Collegian, widowed, age 85, born West HoathlyEdward Gardner
Jane Ann Gardner, F, Collegian, single, age 46, born East GrinsteadJane Ann Gardner
Susannah Bather, F, Collegian, widowed, age 79, born LaughtonSusannah Bather
Jane Staplehurst, F, Collegian, widowed, age 69, born Lingfield, SurreyJane Staplehurst
Ann Searle, F, Collegian, single, age 78, born LondonAnn Searle
Susan Collman, F, Visitor, widowed, age 80, born DorsetSusan Collman
Clara Targett, F, Visitor, single, age 11, born SurreyClara Targett
Eleanor Backshall, F, Collegian, widowed, age 71, born FletchingEleanor Backshall
Richard Day, M, Collegian, widowed, age 76, born East GrinsteadRichard Day
Eliza Brace, F, Collegian, widowed, age 61, born East GrinsteadEliza Brace
Susannah Hooker, F, Collegian, widowed, age 76, born East GrinsteadSusannah Hooker
Mary Hooker, F, Collegian, single, age 51, born WorthMary Hooker
Sarah Page, F, Collegian, widowed, age 85, born Lingfield, SurreySarah Page
Helena M. Page, F, Visitor, single, age 10, born East GrinsteadHelena M. Page
Michael Hartfield, M, Collegian, widowed, age 78, born BuxtedMichael Hartfield
Thomas Shelton, M, Collegian, single, age 59, born NorthamptonshireThomas Shelton
George Warley, M, Collegian, single, age 62, born Sevenoaks, KentGeorge Warley

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Covey, M, Head, married, age 48, born Basingstoke, Hampshire; occupation: surgeon and general practitionerGeorge Covey, surgeon and general practitionerThe Sackville College1891 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
Helen C Covey, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Tunbridge, KentHelen C Covey
Edith M H Covey, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Tiffield, HampshireEdith M H Covey
Ada M Covey, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born Puckeridge, HertfordshireAda M Covey
Lilian B Sennins, F, Visitor, single, age 26, born Swainswick, Somerset; occupation: wood carverLilian B Sennins
Horace W Twiss, M, Visitor, single, age 26, born 32 Chester St, London; occupation: solicitorHorace W Twiss
Esther Cherriman, F, Servant, widowed, age 45, born Chailey, SussexEsther Cherriman
Annie S Perrin, F, Servant, single, age 38, born Pevensey, SussexAnnie S Perrin
Arabella Itches, F, Servant, single, age 22, born East Grinstead, SussexArabella Itches
Minnie Draper, F, Servant, single, age 18, born East Grinstead, SussexMinnie Draper
George Warley, M, College pensioner, single, age 72, born Pevensey, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeGeorge Warley
Thos Shelton, M, College pensioner, single, age 69, born Wollaston, Nottinghamshire; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeThos Shelton
Michael Hartfield, M, College pensioner, single, age 89, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMichael Hartfield
George Trice, M, College pensioner, single, age 72, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeGeorge Trice
William Denniss, M, College pensioner, widowed, age 67, born Lingfield, Surrey; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeWilliam Denniss
Edward Wise, M, College pensioner, widowed, age 77, born Bath, Somerset; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeEdward Wise
Mary Brace, F, College pensioner, widowed, age 72, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Brace
Mary Hooker, F, College pensioner, single, age 60, born Lingfield, Surrey; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Hooker
Mary Knight, F, College pensioner, widowed, age 84, born Lingfield, Surrey; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Knight
Jane Ann Gardner, F, College pensioner, single, age 59, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeJane Ann Gardner
Jane Higgins, F, College pensioner, single, age 54, born Liddington, Oxfordshire; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeJane Higgins
Mary Wing, F, Inmate, single, age 60, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Wing
Ann Jordan, F, Inmate, single, age 72, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeAnn Jordan
Jane Longhurst, F, Inmate, single, age 66, born West Hoathly, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeJane Longhurst
Mary Ann Settford, F, Inmate, widowed, age 70, born West Hoathly, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Ann Settford
Ann Owden, F, Inmate, widowed, age 70, born Not Known; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeAnn Owden
Mary Warner, F, Inmate, widowed, age 81, born Isleworth, Middlesex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Warner
Mary Pobgee, F, Inmate, single, age 66, born East Grinstead, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeMary Pobgee
Eliza Stone, F, Inmate, single, age 70, born Worth, Sussex; occupation: inmate of Sackville CollegeEliza Stone

c 1899East Grinstead, Sussex - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveySackville College

1903Sackville CollegeSackville College, East GrinsteadPrivate collection

1904Sackville CollegeSackville College, East GrinsteadPrivate collection

1927The Quadrangle, Sackville CollegeThe Quadrangle, Sackville College, East Grinstead photographed by Frank BettsThe Sussex Highlands

1930Sackville CollegeSackville College, East GrinsteadPrivate collection

1936Sackville CollegeSackville College, East GrinsteadPrivate collection

1936The Hall and Minstrel Gallery, Sackville CollegeThe Hall and Minstrel Gallery, Sackville College, East Grinstead photographed by Francis FrithPrivate collection

1939Sackville CollegeSackville College, East GrinsteadDick's Sackvilles

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