Place:East Grinstead, Sussex, England

NameEast Grinstead
Alt namesSaint Swithun'ssource: parish church
TypeParish, Urban district
Coordinates51.133°N 0.017°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inEast Sussex, England     (1865 - 1974)
West Sussex, England     (1974 - )
See alsoPevensey Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
East Grinstead Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Mid Sussex District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
Contained Places
St. Swithun Churchyard
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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East Grinstead is a town and civil parish in the northeastern corner of Mid Sussex District of West Sussex, England on the borders of East Sussex, Surrey, and Kent. It lies 27 miles (43 km) south of London, 21 miles (34 km) north northeast of Brighton, and 38 miles (61 km) east-northeast of the county town of Chichester. The civil parish covers an area of 2,443.45 hectares (6,037.9 acres) and had a population of 23,942 persons in the 2001 census. The population of the town at the 2011 Census was 26,383.

Nearby towns include Crawley and Horley to the west, Tunbridge Wells to the east and Redhill and Reigate to the northwest. The town is contiguous with the village of Felbridge to the northwest.

The town has many historic buildings and is located on the Greenwich Meridian. The parish church was dedicated to St. Swithun. It is located in the Weald; the Ashdown Forest lies to the southeast of the town.

Until 1974 East Grinstead was the centre for local government - East Grinstead Urban District Council - and was located in the county of East Sussex. East Grinstead, along with Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, and part of the former Cuckfield Rural District Council, came together as Mid-Sussex; moving to the jurisdiction of West Sussex County Council.

A Vision of Britain Through Time, the website of the (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography) provides a description of East Grinstead made by John Marius Wilson's in his Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72. This given an interesting picture of East Grinstead in the mid-19th century and mentions some of the landowners of the time. The "districts" and sub-districts" mentioned by Wilson are now known as "registration districts" and "registration sub-districts" in charge of vital statistics and censuses and not the "district municipalities" of today. Unfortunately, the transcription contains a few typographical errors which may be confusing, e.g. "workhinse" is "workhouse".


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