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From: "nlas.newman" <>
Subject: Re: Heritage Craft School in Chailey
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 16:13:49 -0000
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Hi Paul,

On our last visit to St Peters Church in Chailey (checking the Parish
Register transcripts for the CRUSE family!), we bought a small booklet there
entitled 'Chailey Through the Centuries', edited by Edwin Matthias. From
this, it would appear that the Heritage school is still there. The book
says 'There are two hospitals.........Chailey Heritage, for handicapped
children. This latter also has a craft school and powered limbs research

and then...

'On North Common on the site originally occupied by the Workhouse, is the
world famous Chailey Heritage. In 1903 Dame Grace Kimmins and her friend
Alice Rennie gave a home here to seven physically handicapped boys from the
East End of London. Today there are about 160 physically handicapped
residential and day pupils on three sites on Chailey Common. At the New
Heritage site there are hospital wards, day rooms for lessons, therapy
units, rehabilitation engineering, operating and X-ray, an indoor swimming
pool and all weather riding surface, and two bungalows for visiting parents
and older children. The Old Heritage has the main school buildings,
dormitories, gymnasium, memorial hall and St Martin's Chapel, built in 1913
and designed by Sir Ninian Cooper; and St Georges, up by the windmill is a
residential building for older children. Pouchlands Cottage and Chailey
Heritage are listed as buildings of special architectural or historical

No mention of the Revd. Ford that I could see, though.

Hope this is of some use,

Nigel Newman
Gosport, Hampshire

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Stebbing <>
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Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2000 1:20 PM
Subject: Heritage Craft School in Chailey

> Dear List,
> I am writing in the hope that somebody may be able to
> help me. I am trying to write a small biography of
> the life of my great great uncle the Rev. John Thomas
> Ford (1866-1945) and he resided in Sussex for a while.
> He was the chaplain at the Heritage Craft School in
> Chailey. Does anybody know anything about this
> school, i.e. whether it still exists. I would be
> fascinated to know more about it. Perhaps somebody
> might even remember the reverend. He was there from
> 1931 to 1939 and he lived in St. Leonards on Sea. He
> was also the curate of St. Mary Magdalene at St.
> Leonards for a time. I would appreciate any help or
> advice that anybody could give me.
> Thanks in advance,
> Paul Stebbing
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