Grace Kimmins has been called many things:
'a genius', 'the greatest beggar in England', 'a small woman with
a big heart','a pied piper', one of the greatest English women of 
the twentieth century', 'a goddess with a chuckle', 'a spiritual 
successor to Florence Nightingale'.

Her enduring achievement was the founding of a craft school for 
disabled children from the Bermondsey slums at Chailey.
Today, Chailey Heritage still stands proud in the Sussex 
But Grace had already achieved much in her life before she 
brought the first 7 boys down from London in 1903. 
She had worked as a Sister of the People out of the West London 
Mission, setting up both the Guild of Play and the Guild of the 
Brave Poor Things. 
She then moved to the Bermondsey Settlement where she expanded 
that work. She married Charles Kimmins, an educational 
But her dream was to have a residential school in the countryside 
for the disabled.

Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage tells the story of how she 
made that dream a reality. 

To purchase a copy of the book, please click on the paypal button 
Don't worry if you don't have a paypal account, you will be offered
the option to pay by debit or credit card.
Please note the actual cost of the book is £10. P & P is £2.20. 
All proceeds from the sale of this new book are being donated to
Chailey Heritage Foundation which continues today to do amazing 
work for children and young adults with complex needs.

Any books ordered prior to the launch date of 12th October 2018
will be despatched on 13th October


New book

Read the fascinating story of Grace Kimmins, from her social work in the Bermondsey slums in the 1890s, the founding of her unique craft school for disabled boys in Chailey, Sussex in 1903, through two World Wars, to the takeover of Chailey Heritage by the NHS in 1948.



About rosblack

I am a freelance writer & author of 4 social history books, featuring female social reformers of the late 19th and early 20th century. In a previous life I managed a housing charity. I also give talks.
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