Welcome to the Felbridge and District History Group Web Site.
This is the web site of a local history group based in Felbridge, on the Surrey-Sussex border in Southern England.
Last updated 20th November 2013: WBSG link added to history links. Evelyn Family of Felbirdge, Hedgecourt SSSI, Oak Farm, added to the publications page. Diary updated
The texts from the handouts are here along with exhibitions of photos from the archive.
To search this site, please use the search box below. This does not search the actual contents of the archive - that can be requested by using the 'contact us' link at the top of the page. Note: +history +school finds pages containing BOTH words, "John Alfrey" finds pages containing that name or phrase.
The group was founded in 1998 to exchange history and information, and make a permanent record of Felbridge and the surrounding district. The area has a long history that changed little until the first decades of the 20th century. The group meets every two months at 2.30 on a Sunday afternoon. This takes the format of talks with accompanying handouts. Local visits are organised along with guest speakers. The alternate month a newsletter is circulated outlining the next meeting, dates of any events that may be occuring and any general information that has cropped up since the last meeting. The aim of the group is to create an archive with the ambition of producing an informative and comprehensive history of the area in book format with photographs and illustrations, and stage occasional exhibitions. The subscription cost is £10, which covers production of the newsletter, postage, handouts and refreshments at the meetings. Any excess will be used for a social event at the end of the year.
Where is Felbridge?
Felbridge is located 2 Miles North of East Grinstead on the county boundary between Surrey and Sussex, England. Felbridge was on the main horse and carriage road from London to Brighton used during the seventeen and eighteenth Century, declining in the nineteenth Century. It was close to a single days journey from London and (as was East Grinstead) a suitable place to stop midway on what was then a two day journey.