Ancient stocks stand under a chestnut tree planted in 1871 to celebrate the coming of age of the lord of the manor's son, Earl of Aylesford. An attractive school built in 1867 closed in the 1970s,is now a private house and The Black Horse Pub looks down on this pretty village scene where time seems to have stood still on a quiet Sunday morning.
My Sleath ancestors were here in 1661. Edward Sleath married Alice Nickerson and three children are recorded. One son left for the Caribbean in 1684 as a bondsman to William Martin. His brother became a tailor like his father. His sister Elizabeth's life is unknown.
Over the intervening years many Sleaths left Grimston, my Grandfather William Anstey Sleath
included. But Isaac, his father remained producing butter and cheese for the market. His father, John was there in 1881 Census aged 70 and termed a Grazier.
Should you be related to this Grimston family, or maybe to the Frisbys, the Freestones or the Sharps and have a strong interest in Grimston's history, please make contact.
Posted: 2004, Member logged in: 2020