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East Grinstead

East Grinstead is currently located in West Sussex, but it has not always been in this county. The town was moved from East Sussex to West Sussex, following the county boundary lines were moved.  

The town is surrounded by a number of tourist attractions.  These include The Ashdown Forest, made famous by the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and the Bluebell Railway, a steam locomotives preservation project.  Also nearby is Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill country residence and Hever Castle, where Anne Boleyn used to live.

East Grinstead was a dangerous place to be during the war.  The town was frequently visited by German bombers, who used East Grinstead as an alternative target if they could not get to London.  On such fateful event, in July 1944, resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people.

Other interesting features about the town are that the High Street contains a good number of gorgeous of medieval timber-framed dwellings, and
the fact that the town is located on the Greenwich Meridian Line.  A clearly marked line is visible in the grounds of the historic 1769 East Court mansion, where the  Town Council is located.  The line allows visitors to experience what it feels like to stand with one foot in the east and the other foot in the west.