This new compilation of photographs of East Grinstead, its locality and people, comprises 180 unpublished images, mostly dating from c. 1902-3 onwards, and all but ten from the collection at East Grinstead Museum. Nearly all were taken by local professional photographers, and it is by individual photographer that the images are arranged in chronological order: William Page, Arthur Harding, Edgar Kinsey, Ernest Watts, Harold Connold and Malcolm Powell.
David Gould was born in Middlesex but moved to the Surrey countryside as a child. He now lives in East Grinstead, where he expects to end his days. At school, David's favourite subjects were English Language and History. On moving to East Grinstead, he compiled several books of old photographs of the town. His fi rst (with the late Ronald Michell) was East Grinstead Then and Now, published in 1985. Next, Britain in Old Photographs - East Grinstead, Around East Grinstead, East Grinstead and its Environs, Francis Frith's East Grinstead and fi nally, the present work. The former books have made considerable use of the photographs in the local museum's collection, to which he has unrestricted access as he has been for many years the voluntary Photographic Archivist.