Sackville Leopard

Sackville College

Almshouse, East Grinstead

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Open to the Public

Mid June to Mid September (Wednesday - Sunday)

2pm -5pm

(last admission 4pm)

Admission £5.00 adults and £1.00 children

More information here


Parties can also be shown around by appointment throughout the year. Refreshments such as Tea/Coffee with Cake or Biscuits can be provided. To arrange a group visit please telephone the Almoner on 01342 323414 for more information or complete the Booking Form for Groups


The Chapel is available for small weddings.

Rooms are available to hire for parties or business functions.


The Warden, Sackville College,

High Street, East Grinstead,

West Sussex, RH19 3BX, UK

Tel: 01342 323414 Email:

Office Hours 9am-1pm

Registered Charity No. 220488

©Sackville College 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,


Updated Nov 2016 Webmaster

Sackville Ounce or Snow Leopard

Gales in the winter of 2014/15 caused the leopard to lean over at a very dangerous angle.

The snow leopard is sometimes mistaken for a spotted dog. In fact the snow leopard or ‘ounce’ is part of the Sackville coat of arms.


This does not mean that the Sackville family owned leopards, but the leopard symbol shows their high status, just as the lion denotes royalty.


During the time of the Norman Conquest, Herbrand de Sauqueville came to England. His descendants married into other landowning families such as the Dalyngrigge family of Bodiam castle, or the Bakers of Sissinghurst. John Sackville married Margaret Boleyn, aunt of the more famous Anne Boleyn. This made the Sackvilles cousins of Queen Elizabeth I, who trusted and employed her cousins.


Visitors can see the predecessor of the present leopard, inside by the Dining Hall. After standing out on the tower for 130 years, he has been brought inside. Although his ears, tail and tongue have been mended and he looks rather battered, he is much loved, especially by children of roughly the same height.


The present leopard was put up on 10th January 1986, thanks to the generosity of Mrs Davy, a former Assistant Warden. He was carved by Glyn Foulkes of Burledon, Hampshire, a sculptor of ship figure-heads. The leopard is made of laminated mahogany, protected and painted with epoxy systems.

March 2015

The leopard will have to be removed by crane as it is very heavy, then an assessment of the repairs needed for the tower roof, mounting and support will be carried out, before any work can begin. This will all be very expensive.

The leopard on the tower is a landmark in the town, and represents a tradition of at least 160 years. It would be sad if he has to be taken down permanently. Please support the Sackville College Repair Fund by visiting for a guided tour when the College is open in the summer, or by supporting fundraising events that will be held there this year.


February 2016

Following protracted negotiations with insurers, progress is being made on repairing and re-instating the Leopard. He is currently undergoing refurbisment at Virtuoso Joinery. Ian Godfrey has told us " ‘Leo’ has settled in well. He is very chilled out, and even helping around the workshop."



Thanks to Ian Godfrey, Estimating and Technical Manager of Virtuoso for the use of the photographs in

this section.

























May 2016

The Leopard is ready to go back to his lookout.


April 2016

After Refurbishment the Leopard is ready to be returned.