Highways and Byways in Sussex - online book

An illustrated appreciation, of the most interesting districts in Sussex.

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Sackville College—John Mason Neale—Theodosius; or, The Force of Love, at the East Grinstead Theatre—Three martyrs—Brambletye House— Forest Row—The garden of the author of The English Flower Garden— Diamond Jubilee clock-faces—" Big-on-Little" and the reverend and irreverend commentator.
East Grinstead, the capital of north-east Sussex, is interesting chiefly for Sackville College, that haunt of ancient peace of which John Mason Neale, poet, enthusiast, divine, historian, and romance-writer for children, was for many years the distinguished Warden. Nothing can exceed the quiet restfulness of the quadrangle. The college gives shelter to five brethren and six sisters (one of whom shows the visitor over the building), and to a warden and two assistants. Happy collegians, to have so fair a haven in which to pass the evening of life. East Grinstead otherwise has not much beauty, its commanding pinnacled church tower being more impressive from a distance, and its chief street mingling too much that is new with its few old timbered facades, charming though these are.
The town, when it would be frivolous, to-day depends upon the occasional visits of travelling entertainers ; but in the eighteenth century East Grinstead had a theatre of its own, in the main street, a play-bill of which, for May, 1758, is given in Boaden's Life of Mrs. Siddons. It states that " Theodosius; or, the
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