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8                           HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
It is difficult to compare the present rateable value of the parish with any of the very early figures obtainable, but the few following facts are interesting:
The increase of values during the last half century has been very great. A typical instance is afforded by the two houses which formerly stood where the premises of Rice Bros., Limited, now are. These were sold by Mr. Morphew in 1850 for 150 and bought by Messrs. Rice Bros. 40 years after for 750.
Apart from its history as a parish, East Grinstead has a very distinct and interesting history as a borough. At one time the town formed a part of the Royal possess-sions which went with the Castle of Pevensey, and it is still in the Pevensey Rape, one of the ancient divisions
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