East Grinstead is a West Sussex town with a rich and fascinating history. Founded in the twelfth century by Gilbert D'Aquila, the town flourished with the opening of a bustling market in Cantelupe Road in 1884. Well-known for its many points of interest, including the historic High Street and St Swithun's church, East Grinstead has become a vibrant community and tourist destination. Its popularity continues to increase with the recent arrival of the Bluebell Railway. East Grinstead Through Time contains some of the collection of over 16,000 photographs owned by the East Grinstead Museum (seen to the right). The town's first museum opened in 1925, and moved to its current premises in 2006. Depicting buildings that are either long-gone or substantially altered, authors Dorothy Hatswell and Simon Kerr hope to evoke fond memories for longstanding residents and spark an interest in the town's history for its many visitors.
Dorothy Hatswell is a retired primary school teacher who lives in an eighteenth-century cottage with her cats. She has been working as a volunteer at East Grinstead Museum for twenty years in various roles, including Honorary Curator. A former councilor, she has a great interest in her local community, giving frequent talks on the history of East Grinstead. Simon Kerr is the Tourist Information Officer for East Grinstead, a post that he has held for sixteen years. Born in the town and living in the locality, he is a regular contributor to local magazines both as a writer and a photographer. Simon also has a regular slot on the local radio station and has appeared on both national and local TV and Radio.