East Grinstead

East Grinstead

Explore the history and community of East Grinstead.


Images of East Grinstead can be found on our West Sussex Past Pictures website.

Go to 'Advanced Search: Catalogue' and search for 'East Grinstead' in 'Any Text'.

Further images of East Grinstead are also available on the West Sussex Record Office Online Photo Database.


The current edition of the East Grinstead Courier and Observer is available to view at East Grinstead Library. Paper copies are kept for one year. The last three months of the Mid Sussex Times are also available to view at East Grinstead. Back issues of the East Grinstead Courier and Observer are available on microfilm at Crawley Library for the years 1977-2013, with 2014-2015 on CD-ROM. (Known as the East Grinstead Observer 1977-1982). Back issues of the East Grinstead Observer and East Sussex Journal 1886 -1946 (incomplete) are also available at Crawley Library. 

Back issues of the East Grinstead Courier and Observer 2016 onwards and 1914-1925 are available to view on the public computers in all West Sussex Libraries, as searchable digital copies. 

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The ArgusMid Sussex Times and West Sussex Gazette are available to library members from home via Press Reader.

The Times Digital Archive includes some coverage of events in East Grinstead and West Sussex from 1785-2014 and is available to all library members from home. The British Newspaper Archive has digitised copies of the East Grinstead Courier and Observer 1986 and the Mid Sussex Times 1881-1945 (incomplete). You can access the BNA for free through the public computers in any West Sussex Library. 

The East Grinstead Courier and Observer publishes some content online.

For any enquiries about newspapers, please use our Ask a Librarian form.


A current map of East Grinstead can be found on the Ordnance Survey website.

Historic maps of East Grinstead are also available on the National Library of Scotland Maps Database.


Some Kellys Sussex Directories can be found on Ancestry - available free in all West Sussex Libraries. Some directories are available as digitised copies on the public computers in all libraries  - see our Digitised Directories Helpsheet. You can search the library catalogue to see which directories are available on microfiche. For any queries, please use our Ask a Librarian form.

House History

If you are researching the history of your house, the National Archives House Research Guide is a good place to start.

West Sussex Record Office also have many sources to help with your investigations.

Online Resources

East Grinstead  Historic Character Assessment Report

Survey which explores the history of East Grinstead including its historic buildings.

East Grinstead- Vision of Britain 

Key data and statistics about the town.

The History of East Grinstead- Online Book

The rise and progress of the town and the history of its institutions & People.

By Wallace Henry Hills, Published By Farncombe & Co. circa 1906.

Sussex Record Society- East Grinstead

Bibliography of books and articles relating to the history and development of East Grinstead from the earliest times to the present

The Weald – East Grinstead

Historic parish  and census statistics , images and maps for East Grinstead from the 17th to the 20th century.

Blond-McIndoe Research Foundation

Sir Archibald McIndoe and the Queen Victoria Hospital burns unit he founded.

The Guinea Pig Club Memorial

Information about the Guinea Pig Club memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Guinea Pig Club - Rebuilding Bodies & Souls

Online exhibition about the pioneering Second World War burns unit at the Queen Victoria Hospital. East Grinstead.

National Trust Behind the Scenes at Standen

Video tours behind the scenes at Standen House and Garden.

Places of Interest

Bluebell Railway

East Grinstead Museum

Dedicated to telling the story of East Grinstead. Including:

Queen Victoria Hospital Collection

Maintained by East Grinstead Museum the collection has tremendous local significance and includes objects, archives, books and images.

Priest House, West Hoathly

Sackville College

Jacobean Almshouse founded by Robert Sackville in 1609 and still in use as an Almshouse today.

Standen House and Gardens

St Swithun's Church

Historic church and local landmark

Ashdown Forest

Known as the home of Winnie the Pooh, at six and a half thousand acres of forest and heathland, Ashdown Forest  is the largest free public access space in the South East.

Local Walks

East Grinstead Walks

West Hoathly Heritage Trail

Local Information

East Grinstead Town Council

Visit East Grinstead

Local Organisations

East Grinstead Society

Felbridge and District History Group

Hartfield History Group

Ashdown Forest Research Group

West Sussex County Council Local Clubs and Societies Database

East Grinstead Parkrun

More Help and Information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

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