History of Sussex

On 12 Jan 1405 Eleanor Maltravers Baroness Cobham Sternborough, 2nd Baroness Maltravers, Baroness Arundel 1345-1405 (60) died at Sussex. She was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes. Her grandson John Fitzalan 13th Earl Arundel 1385-1421 (19) succeeded 3rd Baron Maltravers (1C 1330).

Arundel

Around 1263 Matilda aka Maud Fitzalan 1263- was born to John Fitzalan 7th Earl Arundel 1246-1272 (16) and Isabella Mortimer Countess Arundel -1291 at Arundel.

On 11 Jan 1372 Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (53) died at Arundel. She was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes.

John Evelyn's Diary 1637-1639 University. 9th July 1638. I went home to visit my friends, and, on the 26th, with my brother (21) and sister to Lewes, where we abode till the 31st; and thence to one Mr. Michael's, of Houghton, near Arundel, where we were very well treated; and, on the 2d of August, to Portsmouth, and thence, having surveyed the fortifications (a great rarity in that blessed halcyon time in England), we passed into the Isle of Wight, to the house of my Lady Richards, in a place called Yaverland; but were turned the following day to Chichester, where, having viewed the city and fair cathedral, we returned home.

On 12 May 1680 James Colebrooke 1680-1752 was born at Arundel.

Arundel Castle, Arundel

On 07 Apr 1330 John Plantagenet 3rd Earl Kent 1330-1352 was born to Edmund Plantagenet 1st Earl Kent 1301-1330 and Margaret Wake Countess Kent 1297-1349 (33) at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

In 1347 Joan Fitzalan Countess Essex, Hereford and Northampton 1347-1419 was born to Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl Arundel, 8th Earl Surrey 1306-1376 (41) and Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (28) at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

Around 1350 Alice Fitzalan Countess Kent 1350-1416 was born to Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl Arundel, 8th Earl Surrey 1306-1376 (44) and Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (31) at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

On 05 Feb 1381 Henry IV King England 1367-1413 (13) and Mary Bohun Duchess Lancaster 1368-1394 (13) were married (he was her second-cousin) at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

Around 26 Jun 1501 John Dudley 1427- and Elizabeth Bramshott were married at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

On 23 Jan 1544 William Fitzalan 18th Earl Arundel 1476-1544 (68) died. He was buried at Arundel Castle, Arundel. His son Henry Fitzalan 19th Earl Arundel 1512-1580 (31) succeeded 19th Earl Arundel (Sussex), 9th Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 9th Baron Arundel (1C 1377). Mary Arundell Countess Arundel -1557 by marriage Countess Arundel (Sussex).

Around 1565 Unknown Artist. Anglo-Netherlandish. Portrait of Henry Fitzalan 19th Earl Arundel 1512-1580 (52).

On 19 Apr 1630 Anne Dacre Countess Arundel 1557-1630 (73) died at Shifnal Manor. She was buried at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

On 19 May 1647 William Legge -1670 was imprisoned at Arundel Castle, Arundel.

Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel

In 1487 William Fitzalan 16th Earl Arundel 1417-1487 (69) died. He was buried at Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel. His son Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl Arundel 1450-1524 (37) succeeded 17th Earl Arundel (Sussex), 7th Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 7th Baron Arundel (1C 1377). Margaret Woodville Countess Arundel by marriage Countess Arundel (Sussex).

On 19 Oct 1595 Philip Howard 20th Earl Arundel 1557-1595 (38) died of dysentery at Tower of London. He was buried at St Peter ad Vincula Church, Tower of London, reburied at Arundel Cathedral, Arundel and then reburied in the Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel. His son Thomas Howard 21st Earl Arundel, 4th Earl Surrey, 1st Earl Norfolk 1585-1646 (10) succeeded 21st Earl Arundel (Sussex), 4th Earl Surrey (3C 1483), 11th Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 11th Baron Arundel (1C 1377).

On 02 Apr 1701 Henry Howard 7th Duke Norfolk 1655-1701 (46) died of apoplexy. He was buried in the Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel. His nephew Thomas Howard 8th Duke Norfolk 1683-1732 (17) succeeded 8th Duke Norfolk (3C 1483), 26th Earl Arundel (Sussex), 9th Earl Surrey (3C 1483), 6th Earl Norfolk (5C 1644), 3rd Earl Norwich (3C 1672), 19th Baron Mowbray (1C 1283), 23rd Baron Segrave (2C 1295), 17th Baron Furnivall (1C 1295), 21st Baron Strange Blackmere (1C 1309), 16th Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 18th Baron Talbot (1C 1331), 16th Baron Arundel (1C 1377), 3rd Baron Howard of Castle Rising.

On 16 Mar 1842 Bernard Howard 12th Duke Norfolk 1765-1842 (76) died. He was buried at Fitzalan Chapel, Arundel Castle, Arundel. His son Henry Charles Howard 13th Duke Norfolk 1791-1856 (50) succeeded 13th Duke Norfolk (3C 1483), 31st Earl Arundel (Sussex), 14th Earl Surrey (3C 1483), 11th Earl Norfolk (5C 1644), 8th Earl Norwich (3C 1672), 24th Baron Mowbray (1C 1283), 28th Baron Segrave (2C 1295), 22nd Baron Furnivall (1C 1295), 26th Baron Strange Blackmere (1C 1309), 21st Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 23rd Baron Talbot (1C 1331), 21st Baron Arundel (1C 1377), 8th Baron Howard of Castle Rising. Charlotte Sophia Leveson-Gower Duchess Norfolk 1788-1870 (54) by marriage Duchess Norfolk (3C 1483).

Ashburnham

On 16 Jun 1710 William Ashburnham 2nd Baron Ashburnham 1679-1710 (31) died of smallpox at Ashburnham. His brother John Ashburnham 1st Earl Ashburham 1687-1737 (23) succeeded 3rd Baron Ashburnham of Ashburnham in Sussex.

Battle Abbey

Flower of History by Matthew of Westminster Chapter 1 1066-1087 The abbey of Battle is built. 1067. King William (39), exulting in his victory, gave praise to God. The same year also, the king built an abbey, which, in reference to the battle that had been fought there, he called Battle, in order that glory, and praise, and thanks, might be offered up in it to God for ever for the victory which he had given him, and also that offices for the souls of the dead who were slain there might be perfonned by the monks who were established in it, with the offering of salutary victims ; and he endowed and enriched the church with estates and priyileges, and com- mitted it to the patronage and protection of the kings who should reign in England after him.

On 22 Jul 1552 Jane Radclyffe -1552 died in childbirth.
On 19 Oct 1592 Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (63) died. His grandson Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 succeeded 2nd Viscount Montague. Jane Sackville Viscountess Montague 1573-1652 by marriage Viscountess Montague.
On 08 Apr 1608 Magdalen Dacre Viscountess Montague 1538-1608 (70) died at Battle Abbey. She was buried at at Midhurst; subsequently moved to St Mary's Church, Easebourne, Midhurst.
Monument to Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (23), Jane Radclyffe -1552 and Magdalen Dacre Viscountess Montague 1538-1608 (14) in St Mary's Church, Easebourne, Midhurst. The Monument was originally in Midhurst but was subsequently moved. As there was less room, it was re-arranged, with Lord Montague kneeling behind and above the two recumbent effigies of his wives, instead of having a wife on either side, with Obelisks at the corners.

Bersted

On 19 Nov 1246 Henry Audley 1175-1246 (71) died at Bersted.

Mainwaring, Bersted

Around 1197 Bertrade Mainwaring 1197-1246 was born to Ralph Mainwaring at Mainwaring, Bersted.

Bramber

After 1135 Bertha Braose Baroness Beauchamp 1135-1200 was born to William Braose 3rd Baron Bramber 1135-1179 and Bertha Gloucester Baroness Bramber 1130- at Bramber.

Around 1154 Engram Braose 1154-1210 was born to William Braose 3rd Baron Bramber 1135-1179 (39) and Bertha Gloucester Baroness Bramber 1130- at Bramber.

Around 1157 Sybil Braose Countess Derby 1157-1228 was born to William Braose 3rd Baron Bramber 1135-1179 (42) and Bertha Gloucester Baroness Bramber 1130- at Bramber.

Around 1160 John Braose 1160-1224 was born to William Braose 3rd Baron Bramber 1135-1179 (45) and Bertha Gloucester Baroness Bramber 1130- at Bramber.

On 18 Jul 1232 John "Tadody aka Fatherless" Braose 1197-1232 (35) died at Bramber.

On 18 Jul 1232 John Braose 1197-1232 (35) died at Bramber.

Bramber Castle, Bramber

Around 1070 William Braose 1st Baron Bramber -1095 built at Bramber Castle, Bramber.

Brede

Broadwater

St Mary's Church, Broadwater

On 11 Oct 1525 Thomas West 8th Baron De La Warr, 5th Baron West 1457-1525 (68) died. He was buried at St Mary's Church, Broadwater. His son Thomas West 9th Baron De La Warr, 6th Baron West 1475-1554 (50) succeeded 9th Baron De La Warr (1C 1299), 6th Baron West. Elizabeth Bonville Baroness De La Warr, Baroness West by marriage Baroness De La Warr (1C 1299), Baron West.

Buckhurst

On 01 Oct 1615 Cicely Baker Countess Dorset 1535-1615 (80) died in Buckhurst.

Before 1591. Hieronimo Custodis Painter -1593. Portrait of Cicely Baker Countess Dorset 1535-1615.

Burghesh

Around 1254 Robert Burghesh 1st Baron Burghesh 1254-1306 was born at Burghesh.

Burwash

Around 1319 Joan Burghesh Baroness Mohun Dunster 1319-1404 was born to Bartholomew "The Elder" Burghesh 1st Baron Burghesh 1287-1355 (32) and Elizabeth Verdun Baroness Burghesh 1306-1360 (13) at Burwash.

Buxted

On 10 Oct 1827 Catherine Bisshop Countess Liverpool 1744-1827 was buried Buxted.

Climping

East Grinstead

On 21 Sep 1744 William Neville 16th Baron Bergavenny 1700-1744 (43) died at Bath. On 30 Sep 1744 William Neville 16th Baron Bergavenny 1700-1744 (43) was buried at East Grinstead. His son George Neville 1st Earl Abergavenny 1727-1785 (17) succeeded 17th Baron Bergavenny (1C 1392).

East Sussex

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

In 1623 Nicholas Tufton 1st Earl Isle Thanet 1578-1631 (44) purchased at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex.

Brighton

On 13 Aug 1850 Martin Archer Shee Painter 1769-1850 (80) died at Brighton.

On 22 Feb 1855 John Ponsonby 1st Viscount Ponsonby 1770-1855 (85) died at Brighton.

On 03 Apr 1890 George Phipps 2nd Marquess Normanby 1819-1890 (70) died at Brighton. His son Constantine Phipps 3rd Marquess Normanby 1846-1932 (43) succeeded 3rd Marquess Normanby, 4th Earl Mulgrave (2C 1812), 6th Baron Mulgrave of New Ross in Wexford.

On 03 Mar 1891 Leonard Jerome "King of Wall Street" Financier 1817-1891 (73) died in Brighton. His wife Clarissa Hall 1825–1895 (66) and daughters Clarita "Clara" Jerome 1851–1935 (40), Jenny Jerome 1854-1921 (37) and Leonie Blanche Jerome 1859–1943 (32) were present.

On 20 Nov 1917 Cecil Weld-Forester 5th Baron Forester 1842-1917 (75) died at Brighton. He was buried at Willey Church, Willey. His son George Cecil Beaumont Weld-Forester 6th Baron Forester 1867-1932 (50) succeeded 6th Baron Forester of Willey Park in Shropshire.

Brighton Royal Pavilion

On 27 Dec 1830 Lucius Cary 10th Viscount Falkland 1803–1884 (27) and Amelia Fitzclarence Viscountess Falkland 1807-1858 (23) were married at the Brighton Royal Pavilion. King William IV (65) gave away his daughter. The service was conducted by Charles Richard Sumner Bishop Winchester 1790-1874.

Around 1830. William Beechey Painter 1753-1839 (76). Portrait of William IV King United Kingdom 1765-1837 (64).

1830. James Lonsdale Painter 1777-1839 (52). Portrait of William IV King United Kingdom 1765-1837 (64).

1833. Martin Archer Shee Painter 1769-1850 (63). Portrait of Charles Richard Sumner Bishop Winchester 1790-1874 in the Robes of the Order of the Garter. Bishop Charles Sumner was not a Garter Knight. He is wearing the Robes probably in his capacity as Chaplain, or Register, of the Order of the Garter.

Preston Manor, Brighton

On 02 Dec 1624 Anthony Shirley 1546-1624 (78) died at Preston Manor, Brighton.

Crowborough, East Sussex

Crowborough Railway Station, Crowborough, East Sussex

On 08 Sep 1945 Cecil Reginald John Manners 1868-1945 (77) was killed by a train at Crowborough Railway Station, Crowborough, East Sussex.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

On 28 Feb 1897 Frederick Howard 1814-1897 (82) died at Eastbourne, East Sussex.

On 09 Aug 1918 Asher Ezra Wertheimer 1843-1918 (74) died in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Cowdray Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Around 1489 Arthur Hopton 1489-1555 was born to George Hopton 1461-1489 (28) at Cowdray Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Around 1910 Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish 1905-1944 (4) educated at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Flecthing, East Sussex

Church of St Mary and St Andrew, Flecthing, East Sussex

Sheffield Family Mausoleum, Church of St Mary and St Andrew, Flecthing, East Sussex

On 30 May 1821 John Baker Holroyd 1st Earl Sheffield 1735-1821 (85) died. He was buried at Sheffield Family Mausoleum, Church of St Mary and St Andrew, Flecthing, East Sussex. His son George Augustus Frederick Charles Holroyd 2nd Earl Sheffield 1802-1876 (19) succeeded 2nd Earl Sheffield of Dunamore in Meath.

Hastings, East Sussex

Around 1411 Elizabeth Hussey 1411-1470 was born to Henry Hussey 1385- at Hastings, East Sussex.

Senlac Hill, Hastings, East Sussex

Battle of Hastings

On 14 Oct 1066 the Norman army led by William "Conqueror" I King England 1028-1087 (38) defeated the English army of Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44) at the Battle of Hastings fought at Senlac Hill, Hastings, East Sussex. Aimery Thouars 1024-1094 (42), Ralph de Gael Earl East Anglia 1041-1096 (24), Eustace Flanders II Count Boulogne 1015-1087 (51), William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford 1020-1071, Geoffrey Chateaudun II Count Mortain, III Count Perche -1100, William Warenne 1st Earl Surrey -1088, Raoul Tosny -1102, Robert Beaumont 1st Earl of Leicester, Count Meulan 1040-1118 (26), Hugh Grandesmil 1032-1098 (34), Roger "The Great" Montgomery 1st Earl Shrewsbury -1094 (possibly), Robert Mortain Count Mortain, 1st Earl Cornwall 1031-1090 (35) and Odo Mortain Bishop Bayeux -1097 fought for William.
The brothers Harold II King England 1022-1066 (44), Gyrth Godwinson Earl East Anglia 1032- and Leofwine Godwinson 2nd Earl Kent 1035-, and Engenulphe Aigle 1010-1066 were killed.

On 06 May 1548 Anthony Browne 1500-1548 (48) died at Byfleet. He was buried at Senlac Hill, Hastings, East Sussex.

Herstmonceux, East Sussex

On 26 Jul 1378 Joan Saye 1325-1378 (53) died at Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Around 1420 Elizabeth Fiennes 1420-1459 was born to James Fiennes 1st Baron Saye and Sele 1395-1450 at Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Around 1459 Elizabeth Fiennes 1420-1459 (39) died at Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Around 1463 John Clinton 6th Baron Clinton 1429-1488 (34) and Elizabeth Fiennes Baroness Clinton 1455- were married at Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

On 09 Sep 1534 Thomas Fiennes 8th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1472-1534 (62) died. He was buried at Herstmonceux, East Sussex. His grandson Thomas Fiennes 9th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1515-1541 (19) succeeded 9th Baron Dacre Gilsland (1C 1321).

On 20 Aug 1630 Richard Lennard 13th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1596-1630 (34) died. He was buried at Herstmonceux, East Sussex. His son Francis Lennard 14th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1619-1662 (11) succeeded 14th Baron Dacre Gilsland (1C 1321).

In 1683 Henry Lennard 1683- was born to Thomas Lennard Earl of Sussex 1654-1715 (28) and Anne Fitzroy Countess Sussex 1661-1722 (21) at Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, East Sussex

In 1449 Roger Fiennes 1384-1449 (64) died. He was buried at All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex

Around 1331 John Fiennes 1280-1331 (51) died at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

On 02 Feb 1331 William Fiennes 1331-1359 was born to John Fiennes 1301-1351 (30) and Maud Monceux at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

On 05 Apr 1351 John Fiennes 1301-1351 (50) died at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

On 01 Aug 1357 William Fiennes 1357-1402 was born to William Fiennes 1331-1359 (26) and Joan Saye 1325-1378 (32) at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

On 30 Nov 1359 William Fiennes 1331-1359 (28) died at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Before 14 Sep 1384 Roger Fiennes 1384-1449 was born to William Fiennes 1357-1402 and Elizabeth Battisford. He was christened at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

In 1441 Roger Fiennes 1384-1449 (56) built Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Around 1447 John Fiennes 1447- was born to Richard Fiennes 7th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1415-1483 (32) and Joan Dacre 7th Baroness Dacre Gilsland 1433-1486 (14) at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

On 25 Jun 1539 Gregory Fiennes 10th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1539-1594 was born to Thomas Fiennes 9th Baron Dacre Gilsland 1515-1541 (24) and Mary Neville Baroness Dacre Gilsland 1524-1576 (15) at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

Lewes

Battle of Lewes

On 14 May 1264 the army of Simon Montfort 6th Earl of Leicester 1208-1265 (56) including Gilbert "Red Earl" Clare 7th Earl Gloucester, 6th Earl Hertford 1243-1295 (20), Henry Hastings 1235-1269 (29) and Nicholas Segrave 1st Baron Segrave 1238-1295 (26) defeated the army of Henry III King England 1207-1272 (56) during the Battle of Lewes at Lewes. Henry III King England 1207-1272 (56), his son the future Edward "Longshanks" I King England 1239-1307 (24), Humphrey Bohun 2nd Earl Hereford, 1st Earl Essex 1204-1275 (60), Richard Cornwall 1st Earl Cornwall 1209-1272 (55), John "Red" Comyn 1st Lord Baddenoch 1220-1275 (44), Philip Marmion 5th Baron Marmion 1233-1291 (30) and John Giffard 1st Baron Giffard Brimpsfield 1232-1299 (32) were captured. John Warenne 6th Earl Surrey 1231-1304 (33), John Balliol 1207-1268 (56), Robert Bruce 5th Lord Annadale 1215-1295 (49), Roger Leybourne 1215-1271 (49) and William Valence 1st Earl Pembroke -1296 fought for the King. Guy Lusignan -1264 was killed. Fulk IV Fitzwarin 1220-1264 (44) drowned. Walter Cantilupe Bishop of Worcester 1191-1266 (72) was present and blessed the Montfort army before the battle.

On 03 Apr 1385 Elizabeth Bohun Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey 1350-1385 (35) died. She was buried at Lewes.

1625 Plague

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 1625. I was this year (being the first of the reign of King Charles (24)) sent by my father (38) to Lewes, in Sussex, to be with my grandfather, Standsfield (58), with whom I passed my childhood. This was the year in which the pestilence was so epidemical, that there died in London 5,000 a week, and I well remember the strict watches and examinations upon the ways as we passed; and I was shortly after so dangerously sick of a fever that (as I have heard) the physicians despaired of me.

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 1627. My grandfather, Standsfield (60), died this year, on the 5th of February: I remember perfectly the solemnity at his funeral. He was buried in the parish church of All Souls, where my grandmother, his second wife, erected him a pious monument. About this time, was the consecration of the Church of South Malling, near Lewes, by Dr. Field, Bishop of Oxford (one Mr. Coxhall preached, who was afterward minister); the building whereof was chiefly procured by my grandfather (60), who having the impropriation, gave £20 a year out of it to this church. I afterward sold the impropriation. I laid one of the first stones at the building of the church.

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 1628 to 1630. It was not till the year 1628, that I was put to learn my Latin rudiments, and to write, of one Citolin, a Frenchman, in Lewes. I very well remember that general muster previous to the Isle of Rhè's expedition, and that I was one day awakened in the morning with the news of the Duke of Buckingham being slain by that wretch, Felton, after our disgrace before La Rochelle. And I now took so extraordinary a fancy to drawing and designing, that I could never after wean my inclinations from it, to the expense of much precious time, which might have been more advantageously employed. I was now put to school to one Mr. Potts, in the Cliff at Lewes, from whom, on the 7th of January 1630, being the day after Epiphany, I went to the free-school at Southover, near the town, of which one Agnes Morley had been the foundress, and now Edward Snatt was the master, under whom I remained till I was sent to the University. This year, my grandmother (with whom I sojourned) being married to one Mr. Newton, a learned and most religious gentleman, we went from the Cliff to dwell at his house in Southover. I do most perfectly remember the jubilee which was universally expressed for the happy birth of the Prince of Wales, 29th of May, now Charles II., our most gracious Sovereign.

On 25 Apr 1631 John Shirley of Isfield 1565-1631 (66) died in Lewes.

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 21st October, 1632. My eldest sister (18) was married to Edward Darcy, Esq, who little deserved so excellent a person, a woman of so rare virtue. I was not present at the nuptials; but I was soon afterward sent for into Surrey, and my father (45) would willingly have weaned me from my fondness of my too indulgent grandmother, intending to have placed me at Eton College; but, not being so provident for my own benefit, and unreasonably terrified with the report of the severe discipline there, I was sent back to Lewes; which perverseness of mine I have since a thousand times deplored. This was the first time that ever my parents had seen all their children together in prosperity. While I was now trifling at home, I saw London, where I lay one night only. The next day, I dined at Beddington, where I was much delighted with the gardens and curiosities. Thence, we returned to the Lady Darcy's (18), at Sutton; thence to Wotton; and, on the 16th of August following, 1633, back to Lewes.

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 1635. But my dear mother (36) being now dangerously sick, I was, on the 3d of September following, sent for to Wotton. Whom I found so far spent, that, all human assistance failing, she in a most heavenly manner departed this life upon the 29th of the same month, about eight in the evening of Michaelmas-day. It was a malignant fever which took her away, about the 37th of her age, and 22d of her marriage, to our irreparable loss and the regret of all that knew her. Certain it is, that the visible cause of her indisposition proceeded from grief upon the loss of her daughter, and the infant that followed it; and it is as certain, that when she perceived the peril whereto its excess had engaged her, she strove to compose herself and allay it; but it was too late, and she was forced to succumb. Therefore summoning all her children then living (I shall never forget it), she expressed herself in a manner so heavenly, with instructions so pious and Christian, as made us strangely sensible of the extraordinary loss then imminent; after which, embracing every one of us she gave to each a ring with her blessing and dismissed us. Then, taking my father (48) by the hand, she recommended us to his care; and, because she was extremely zealous for the education of my younger brother (12), she requested my father (48) that he might be sent with me to Lewes; and so having importuned him that what he designed to bestow on her funeral, he would rather dispose among the poor, she labored to compose herself for the blessed change which she now expected. There was not a servant in the house whom she did not expressly send for, advise, and infinitely affect with her counsel. Thus she continued to employ her intervals, either instructing her relations, or preparing of herself.
Though her physicians, Dr. Meverell, Dr. Clement, and Dr. Rand, had given over all hopes of her recovery, and Sir Sanders Duncombe (65) had tried his celebrated and famous powder, yet she was many days impairing, and endured the sharpest conflicts of her sickness with admirable patience and most Christian resignation, retaining both her intellectuals and ardent affections for her dissolution, to the very article of her departure. When near her dissolution, she laid her hand on every one of her children; and taking solemn leave of my father (48), with elevated heart and eyes, she quietly expired, and resigned her soul to God. Thus ended that prudent and pious woman, in the flower of her age, to the inconsolable affliction of her husband, irreparable loss of her children, and universal regret of all that knew her. She was interred, as near as might be, to her daughter Darcy, the 3d of October, at night, but with no mean ceremony.

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 03 Nov 1635. It was the 3d of the ensuing November, after my brother George (18) was gone back to Oxford, ere I returned to Lewes, when I made way, according to instructions received of my father (48), for my brother Richard (13), who was sent the 12th after.

John Evelyn's Diary 1637-1639 University. 18th July 1637. I accompanied my eldest brother (20), who then quitted Oxford, into the country; and, on the 9th of August, went to visit my friends at Lewes, whence I returned the 12th to Wotton. On the 17th of September, I received the blessed Sacrament at Wotton church, and 23d of October went back to Oxford.

John Evelyn's Diary 1637-1639 University. 9th July 1638. I went home to visit my friends, and, on the 26th, with my brother (21) and sister to Lewes, where we abode till the 31st; and thence to one Mr. Michael's, of Houghton, near Arundel, where we were very well treated; and, on the 2d of August, to Portsmouth, and thence, having surveyed the fortifications (a great rarity in that blessed halcyon time in England), we passed into the Isle of Wight, to the house of my Lady Richards, in a place called Yaverland; but were turned the following day to Chichester, where, having viewed the city and fair cathedral, we returned home.

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 May. 4th May 1648. Came up the Essex petitioners for an agreement between his Majesty and the rebels. The 16th, the Surrey men addressed the Parliament for the same; of which some of them were slain and murdered by Oliver Cromwell's (49) guards, in the new palace yard. I now sold the impropriation of South Malling, near Lewes, in Sussex, to Messrs. Kemp and Alcock, for £3,000.

On 09 May 1889 Sidney Osborne 1808-1889 (81) died at Lewes.

Lewes Grammar School, Lewes

In 1557 Thomas Pelham 1st Baronet Pelham Laughton -1624 took custody of at Lewes Grammar School, Lewes.

Lewes Priory, Lewes

On 29 Sep 1304 John Warenne 6th Earl Surrey 1231-1304 (73) died at Kennington. He was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes. His grandson John Warenne 7th Earl Surrey 1286-1347 (18) succeeded 7th Earl Surrey (1C 1088).

On 11 Jan 1372 Eleanor Plantagenet Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey 1318-1372 (53) died at Arundel. She was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes.

On 24 Jan 1376 Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl Arundel, 8th Earl Surrey 1306-1376 (70) died. He was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes. His son Richard Fitzalan 9th Earl Surrey, 11th Earl Arundel 1346-1397 (30) succeeded 9th Earl Surrey (1C 1088), 11th Earl Arundel (Sussex). Elizabeth Bohun Countess Arundel, Countess Surrey 1350-1385 (26) by marriage Countess Arundel (Sussex), Earl Surrey (1C 1088).

On 16 Dec 1379 John Fitzalan 2nd Baron Maltravers, 1st Baron Arundel 1348-1379 (31) drowned. He was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes. The Chronica Majora reports "... that during the panic of the storm, Sir John murdered those of his men who refused to make for shore for fear of being shipwrecked upon the rocks. Subsequently, after safely arriving on an island off the Irish coast, Sir John and his boat captain were swept back into the sea and drowned". His son John Fitzalan 2nd Baron Maltravers, 2nd Baron Arundel 1364-1390 (15) succeeded 2nd Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 2nd Baron Arundel (1C 1377).

On 12 Jan 1405 Eleanor Maltravers Baroness Cobham Sternborough, 2nd Baroness Maltravers, Baroness Arundel 1345-1405 (60) died at Sussex. She was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes. Her grandson John Fitzalan 13th Earl Arundel 1385-1421 (19) succeeded 3rd Baron Maltravers (1C 1330).

Pelham House, Lewes, East Sussex

On 08 Mar 1899 Eliza Ellice 1818-1899 (81) died at Pelham House, Lewes, East Sussex.

South Malling

John Evelyn's Diary 1648 May. 4th May 1648. Came up the Essex petitioners for an agreement between his Majesty and the rebels. The 16th, the Surrey men addressed the Parliament for the same; of which some of them were slain and murdered by Oliver Cromwell's (49) guards, in the new palace yard. I now sold the impropriation of South Malling, near Lewes, in Sussex, to Messrs. Kemp and Alcock, for £3,000.

St Michael the Archangel Church

John Evelyn's Diary 1620-1636 Birth and Childhood. 1627. My grandfather, Standsfield (60), died this year, on the 5th of February: I remember perfectly the solemnity at his funeral. He was buried in the parish church of All Souls, where my grandmother, his second wife, erected him a pious monument. About this time, was the consecration of the Church of South Malling, near Lewes, by Dr. Field, Bishop of Oxford (one Mr. Coxhall preached, who was afterward minister); the building whereof was chiefly procured by my grandfather (60), who having the impropriation, gave £20 a year out of it to this church. I afterward sold the impropriation. I laid one of the first stones at the building of the church.

Pevensey

Pevensey Castle

In 1550 Robert Oxenbridge 1508-1574 (42) was appointed Constable Pevensey Castle.

Rother, East Sussex

Brede, Rother, East Sussex

Elizabeth Oxenbridge -1578 was born to Goddard Oxenbridge -1531 at Brede, Rother, East Sussex.

Salehurst, East Sussex

Great Wigsell, Salehurst, East Sussex

On Jan 1601 Elizabeth Culpepper 1601-1683 was born to Thomas Culpepper 1561-1613 (40) and Anne Slaney at Great Wigsell, Salehurst, East Sussex.

St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex

On 20 Jan 1889 Edward Chichester 4th Marquess County Donegal 1799-1889 (89) died at St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex. He was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green. His son George Augustus Hamilton Chichester 5th Marquess County Donegal 1822-1904 (66) succeeded 5th Marquess County Donegal.

On 02 Dec 1893 Elizabeth Catherine Gubbins Duchess St Albans 1818-1893 (75) died in St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex.

Withyham, East Sussex

St Michael's Church, Withyham, East Sussex

Sackville Chapel, St Michael's Church, Withyham, East Sussex

On 19 Apr 1608 Thomas Sackville 1st Earl Dorset 1536-1608 (72) died suddenly at the council table, having apparently suffered a stroke. His funeral was held at Westminster Abbey. He was buried in the Sackville Chapel, St Michael's Church, Withyham, East Sussex. His son Robert Sackville 2nd Earl Dorset 1561-1609 (47) succeeded 2nd Earl Dorset (4C 1604). Anne Spencer Countess Dorset -1618 by marriage Countess Dorset (4C 1604).

On 27 Feb 1609 Robert Sackville 2nd Earl Dorset 1561-1609 (48) died at Dorset House. He was buried at Sackville Chapel, St Michael's Church, Withyham, East Sussex. On 27 Feb 1609 His son Richard Sackville 3rd Earl Dorset 1589-1624 (19) succeeded 3rd Earl Dorset (4C 1604). Anne Clifford Countess Dorset, Countess Pembroke 1590-1676 (19) by marriage Countess Dorset (4C 1604).

On 28 Mar 1624 Richard Sackville 3rd Earl Dorset 1589-1624 (35) died at Dorset House. He was buried in the Sackville Chapel, St Michael's Church, Withyham, East Sussex. His brother Edward Sackville 4th Earl Dorset 1591-1652 (33) succeeded 4th Earl Dorset (4C 1604). Mary Curzon Countess Dorset 1590-1645 (34) by marriage Countess Dorset (4C 1604).

Findon

Around Jan 1291 William Braose 1st Baron Braose 1224-1291 (67) died at Findon. He was buried at Sele Priory. His son William Braose 2nd Baron Braose 1260-1326 (31) succeeded 2nd Baron Braose.

Times Newspaper Obituaries. 27 Jan 1916. The death of Lady Ulrica Thynne took place on Wednesday at 30, Grosvenor-gardens. She was the second daughter of the 12th Duke of Somerset and was born in 1833. She married, in 1858, Lord Henry Frederick Thynne, second son of the third Marquess of Bath, who was Treasurer of the Household to Queen Victoria and for over 25 years M.P. for South Wilts. There were four sons and two daughters of the marriage. The funeral will be at Findon, near Worthing, on Monday, at 1 o'clock.

Hailsham

Wartling, Hailsham

On 20 Aug 1326 John St Leger of Offley 1294-1326 (32) died at Wartling, Hailsham.

On 22 Nov 1410 William Hoo 1335-1410 (75) died at Wartling, Hailsham.

Sibyl Filiol 1257- was born to William Filiol 1205- in Wartling, Hailsham.

Halland

Around 22 Sep 1597 Thomas Pelham 2nd Baronet Pelham Laughton 1597-1654 was born to Thomas Pelham 1st Baronet Pelham Laughton -1624 and Mary Walsingham Baronetess Pelham Laughton 1564-1624 (33) at Halland.

Harting

Around 1475 Reginald Bray 1440-1503 (35) and Katherine Hussey -1506 were married. Katherine brought him lands in Harting.

Horsted Keynes

St Giles' Church, Horsted Keynes

On 09 Jan 1685 Elias Leighton Engineer -1685 died at the Parish of St Andrew's Holborn. He was buried at St Giles' Church, Horsted Keynes.

Ilfield

Mayfield

On 26 Apr 1366 Simon Islip Archbishop of Canterbury -1366 died at Mayfield. During his last three years he was unable to speak as a consequence of a stroke.

Midhurst

Around 1245 Cecilia Bohun 1245- was born to Ralph Bohun 1220-1273 (25) and Sibyl Ferrers in Midhurst.

Around 28 Sep 1247 John Bohun 1247-1284 was born to Ralph Bohun 1220-1273 (27) and Sibyl Ferrers in Midhurst.

Around 05 Dec 1367 John Bohun 1301-1367 (66) died in Midhurst.

On 22 Jul 1552 Jane Radclyffe -1552 died in childbirth.
On 19 Oct 1592 Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (63) died. His grandson Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 succeeded 2nd Viscount Montague. Jane Sackville Viscountess Montague 1573-1652 by marriage Viscountess Montague.
On 08 Apr 1608 Magdalen Dacre Viscountess Montague 1538-1608 (70) died at Battle Abbey. She was buried at at Midhurst; subsequently moved to St Mary's Church, Easebourne, Midhurst.
Monument to Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (23), Jane Radclyffe -1552 and Magdalen Dacre Viscountess Montague 1538-1608 (14) in St Mary's Church, Easebourne, Midhurst. The Monument was originally in Midhurst but was subsequently moved. As there was less room, it was re-arranged, with Lord Montague kneeling behind and above the two recumbent effigies of his wives, instead of having a wife on either side, with Obelisks at the corners.

On 29 Jun 1592 Anthony Browne 1552-1592 (39) died at Riverbank House, Cowdray, Midhurst. He was buried at Midhurst.

Around 1590 Unknown Artist. Portrait of Anthony Browne 1552-1592 (37).

Cowdray, Midhurst

Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst

Before 1493 David Owen 1459-1535 and Mary Bohun 1468-1500 were married by which Owen came into possession of Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst when Mary inherited it from her father John Bohun 1446-1492.

Around 1493 Ann Owen 1493-1555 was born to David Owen 1459-1535 (34) and Mary Bohun 1468-1500 (25) in Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

Around 1500 Henry Owen 1500-1535 was born to David Owen 1459-1535 (41) and Mary Bohun 1468-1500 (32) in Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

Around 1520 David Owen 1459-1535 (61) began construction of Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst on the site of the former manor house that he had inherited from his wife Mary Bohun 1468-1500.

In 1529 Henry Owen 1500-1535 (29) sold Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst to William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl of Southampton 1490-1542 (39).

In 1533 Henry VIII (41) granted William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl of Southampton 1490-1542 (43) to inpark 600 acres of meadow, pasture and wood and build fortifications at Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

In Nov 1538 Margaret York Countess Salisbury 1473-1541 (65) was imprisoned in Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst until Sep 1539.

Around 1535 Unknown Artist. Portrait of unknown woman formerly thought to be Margaret York Countess Salisbury 1473-1541 (61).

In Jul 1539 Henry VIII (48) visited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

In Jul 1539 Henry VIII (48) visited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

On 15 Oct 1542 William Fitzwilliam 1st Earl of Southampton 1490-1542 (52) died at Newcastle on Tyne. Anthony Browne 1500-1548 (42) inherited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

In Aug 1545 Henry VIII (54) visited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

On 06 May 1548 Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (19) inherited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

In Oct 1551 Mary of Guise Queen Consort Scotland 1515-1560 (35) stayed the night in Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

In Jul 1552 Edward VI King England and Ireland 1537-1553 (14) visited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

On 22 Jul 1552 Anthony Browne 1552-1592 was born to Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (23) and Jane Radclyffe -1552 at Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst. His mother died in childbirth.

Around 1590 Unknown Artist. Portrait of Anthony Browne 1552-1592 (37).

On 06 Oct 1573 Henry Wriothesley 3rd Earl of Southampton 1573-1624 was born to Henry Wriothesley 2nd Earl of Southampton 1545-1581 (28) and Mary Browne Countess Southampton 1552-1607 (21) at Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

Elizabeth's Royal Progress 1591

On 15 Aug 1591 Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (57) arrived at Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst the home of Anthony Browne 1st Viscount Montague 1528-1592 (62) and Magdalen Dacre Viscountess Montague 1538-1608 (53). She was welcomed by a breakfast for some 300 guests. George Browne -1615 was knighted. Henry Browne organised the hunting. Elizabeth stayed until the 21 Aug 1591. .

Gunpowder Plot

On 19 Oct 1592 Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 (18) inherited Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst. During his tenure Guy Fawkes was briefly employed as a footman and, as a consequence, Anthony-Maria Browne 2nd Viscount Montague 1574-1629 (18) was briefly imprisoned for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot.

In 1770 Anthony Joseph Browne 7th Viscount Montague 1730-1787 (40) commissioned Capability Brown to landscape Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst.

In 1843 Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst was sold to George Perceval 6th Earl Egmont 1794-1874 (48).

In 1908 Augustus Perceval 8th Earl Egmont 1856-1910 (52) sold Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst to Weetman Dickinson Pearson.

John Bohun 1247-1284 constructed a fortified manor house at Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst naming it Coudreye which means Hazel Woods in Norman French.

On 24 Sep 1793, during restoration work, a fire started in the carpenter's workshop in the North Gallery of Cowdray House, Cowdray, Midhurst resulting in the destruction of the house and its contents bar three paintings.

Riverbank House, Cowdray, Midhurst

On 29 Jun 1592 Anthony Browne 1552-1592 (39) died at Riverbank House, Cowdray, Midhurst. He was buried at Midhurst.

Around 1590 Unknown Artist. Portrait of Anthony Browne 1552-1592 (37).

Newtimber

Around 1095 John Cheney 1095-1169 was born to Ralph Cheney 1069-1147 (26) at Newtimber.

In 1146 John III Cheney 1146- was born to John II Cheney 1121- at Newtimber.

In 1147 Ralph Cheney 1069-1147 (78) died at Newtimber.

Around 1198 Alice Cheney -1198 died at Newtimber.

Around 1218 Alexander Cheney 1218-1297 was born to John IV Cheney 1189- and Joan Nouwell 1192-1236 (26) at Newtimber.

In 1236 Joan Nouwell 1192-1236 (44) died at Newtimber.

Around 1248 Alexander Cheney 1248-1295 was born to Alexander Cheney 1218-1297 (30) at Newtimber.

In 1275 Agnes Saye 1250-1275 (25) died at Newtimber.

On 20 Nov 1297 Alexander Cheney 1218-1297 (79) died at Newtimber.

Petworth

On 25 Mar 1273 Henry Percy 1st Baron Percy 1273-1314 was born to Henry Percy 7th Baron Percy Topcliffe -1272 and Eleanor Warenne Baroness Percy Topcliffe at Petworth.

Around 1303 William Percy 1303-1355 was born to Henry Percy 1st Baron Percy 1273-1314 (29) and Eleanor Fitzalan Baroness Percy 1284-1328 at Petworth.

On 13 Oct 1668 Algernon Percy 10th Earl of Northumberland 1602-1668 (66) died at Petworth. He was buried at Petworth. His son Josceline Percy 11th Earl of Northumberland 1644-1670 (24) succeeded 11th Earl of Northumberland (1C 1377).

On 02 Dec 1748 Charles Seymour 6th Duke Somerset 1662-1748 (86) died at Petworth. His son Algernon Seymour 7th Duke Somerset 1684-1750 (64) succeeded 7th Duke Somerset (4C 1547).

On 09 Jul 1755 Frances Wyndham Countess Romney 1755-1795 was born to Charles Wyndham 2nd Earl Egremont 1710-1763 (44) and Alicia Carpenter Countess Egremont 1726-1794 (29) at Petworth.

1799. Thomas Phillips Painter 1770-1845 (28). Portrait of Alicia Carpenter Countess Egremont 1726-1794.

Racton

St Peter's Church, Racton

Rother

Rougham

Around 1430 Roger Copley 1430-1490 was born to Richard Copley 1394-1434 (36) in Rougham.

On 21 Dec 1490 Roger Copley 1430-1490 (60) died in Rougham.

Rye

Richard Lionheart Returns to England

On 04 Mar 1194 Richard "Lionheart" I King England 1157-1199 (36) and his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine Queen Consort Franks and England 1122-1204 (72) sailed from Antwerp on board the Trenchemer. The royal admiral, Stephen of Turnham, who was commanding in person, had to employ experienced pilots to take her through the coastal islets and out into the estuary of the Scheldt. It was a long crossing, perhaps deliberately so, to avoid ambush. The Trenchemer was escorted by a large cog from the Cinque port of Rye. .

1287 Great Storm

On 14 Dec 1287 a great storm caused a significant number of deaths on both sides of the English Channel. In the Low Countries around 50,000 people are believed to have died. In England hundreds were killed. The port of New Romney was so changed as to be replaced by Rye through which the course of the River Rother now ran. The port of Dunwich never recovered from the storm and thereafter declined.

John Evelyn's Diary 1652 June. 03 Jun 1652. I received a letter from Colonel Morley (36) to the Magistrates and Searchers at Rye, to assist my wife (17) at her landing, and show her all civility.

John Evelyn's Diary 1652 June. 04 Jun 1652. I set out to meet her (17) now on her journey from Paris, after she (17) had obtained leave to come out of that city, which had now been besieged some time by the Prince of Condé's army in the time of the rebellion, and after she had been now near twelve years from her own country, that is, since five years of age, at which time she went over. I went to Rye to meet her, where was an embargo on occasion of the late conflict with the Holland fleet, the two nations being now in war, and which made sailing very unsafe.
On Whit Sunday, I went to the church (which is a very fair one), and heard one of the canters, who dismissed the assembly rudely, and without any blessing. Here I stayed till the 10th with no small impatience, when I walked over to survey the ruins of Winchelsea, that ancient cinq-port, which by the remains and ruins of ancient streets and public structures, discovers it to have been formerly a considerable and large city. There are to be seen vast caves and vaults, walls and towers, ruins of monasteries and of a sumptuous church, in which are some handsome. Monuments, especially of the Templars, buried just in the manner of those in the Temple at London. This place being now all in rubbish, and a few despicable hovels and cottages only standing, hath yet a Mayor. The sea, which formerly rendered it a rich and commodious port, has now forsaken it.

After 15 May 1660 Henry Mildmay 1593-1668 was captured by Heneage Finch 3rd Earl Winchilsea 1628-1689 at Rye.

Salehurst

Around 06 Dec 1559 William Culpepper 1509-1559 (50) died William Culpepper 1509-1559 (50) at Salehurst.

Sele Priory

Around Jan 1291 William Braose 1st Baron Braose 1224-1291 (67) died at Findon. He was buried at Sele Priory. His son William Braose 2nd Baron Braose 1260-1326 (31) succeeded 2nd Baron Braose.

Stopham

Around 1300 Isabella St John 1300-1350 was born to Edward St John 1259-1368 (41) and Eve Hauterive at Stopham.

Street

Around 1275 William Cheney 1275-1322 was born to Alexander Cheney 1248-1295 (27) and Agnes Saye 1250-1275 (25) at Street.

Trotton

Around 1351 Thomas Camoys 1st Baron Camoys 1351-1421 was born to John Camoys and Elizabeth Latimer at Trotton.

Around 1469 Roger Lewknor 1469-1543 was born at Trotton.

On 15 Jan 1543 Roger Lewknor 1469-1543 (74) died at Trotton.

On 03 Mar 1652 Thomas Otway 1652-1685 was born in Trotton.

Before 16 Apr 1685. John Riley Painter 1646-1691. Portrait of Thomas Otway 1652-1685.

St George's Church, Trotton

On 20 Apr 1417 Elizabeth Mortimer Baroness Camoys 1371-1417 (46) died. She was buried at St George's Church, Trotton.

On 28 Mar 1421 Thomas Camoys 1st Baron Camoys 1351-1421 (70) died. He was buried at St George's Church, Trotton. His grandson Hugh Camoys 2nd Baron Camoys 1413-1426 (8) succeeded 2nd Baron Camoys (2C 1383).

Uckfield

Uckfield House, Uckfield

Times Newspaper Marriages. 05 Jan 1938. MR. J. NEVILL (23) AND MISS HARRISON (22)
The Duke (37) and Duchess of Gloucester (36) have sent a silver condiments set to Mr. John Nevill (23), Life Guards, elder son of Major (54) and Mrs. Guy Larnach-Nevill, of Uckfield House, and Miss Patricia Harrison (22), daughter of Major and the Hon. Mrs. J. F. Harrison, of Kings Walden Bury, Hitchin, whose marriage took place yesterday at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge. The Rev. G. S. Shackleford officiated, assisted by the Rev. E. C. Dunford. The bride (22), who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory-tinted panne velvet, embossed with sprays of silver flowers. The bodice was fashioned with a square neckline and long sleeves, slightly full at the shoulder, and the square train was lined with silver tissue. A headdress of silver-tipped doves' wings surmounted her long tulle veil, and she carried a spray of mixed white flowers. A retinue of six little girls and four pages folowed the bride. They were Penelope Harrison (sister of the bride), the Hon. Clare Beckett, Marye Pepys (niece of the bridegroom), Margaret Rosselli, Caroline Bury, Joanna Spencer, Hugh Lawson (cousin of the bride), David Myddelton (cousin of the bridegroom), Thomas Pilkington (nephew of the bride), and Charles Smith-Bingham. The pages wore replicas of the uniform of the Life Guards of the early nineteenth century, and the little girls wore long frocks of silver lame, the high-waisted bodices cut with short, puff sleeves, and square necks. They wore caps of silver lame, trimmed with white fur, and carried white fur muffs. Lord Roderic Pratt (22), Life Guards, was best man, and there was a guard of honour from the same regiment. The Hon. Mrs. J. F. Harrison afterwards held a reception at 28, Grosvenor Square, W1. The honeymoon wil be spent in Switzerland.

Warbleton

Around 1516 Thomas Cheney 1516-1565 was born to Thomas Cheney 1474- at Warbleton.

In 1563 John Cheney 1563-1603 was born to Thomas Cheney 1516-1565 (47) at Warbleton.

West Poyning

On 25 Sep 1410 Elizabeth Carew 1372-1410 (38) died at West Poyning.

West Sussex

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

On 07 Jul 1815 Son Poyntz -1815 drowned at Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

On 07 Jul 1815 Son Poyntz -1815 drowned at Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Chichester

Elizabeth's Royal Progress 1591

On 22 Aug 1591 Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (57) arrived in Chichester as a guest of John Lumley 1st Baron Lumley 1533-1609 (58). She is believed to haved stayed at The Punch House, The Cross, West Sussex. .

On 22 Aug 1591 Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (57) arrived in Chichester as a guest of John Lumley 1st Baron Lumley 1533-1609 (58). She is believed to haved stayed at The Punch House, The Cross, West Sussex. .

John Evelyn's Diary 1637-1639 University. 9th July 1638. I went home to visit my friends, and, on the 26th, with my brother (21) and sister to Lewes, where we abode till the 31st; and thence to one Mr. Michael's, of Houghton, near Arundel, where we were very well treated; and, on the 2d of August, to Portsmouth, and thence, having surveyed the fortifications (a great rarity in that blessed halcyon time in England), we passed into the Isle of Wight, to the house of my Lady Richards, in a place called Yaverland; but were turned the following day to Chichester, where, having viewed the city and fair cathedral, we returned home.

Siege of Portsmouth

John Evelyn's Diary 1642 October. 3d October, 1642. To Chichester, and hence the next day to see the Siege of Portsmouth; for now was that bloody difference between the King and Parliament broken out, which ended in the fatal tragedy so many years after. It was on the day of its being rendered to Sir William Waller (45); which gave me an opportunity of taking my leave of Colonel Goring (34), the governor, now embarking for France. This day was fought that signal battle at Edgehill. Thence I went to Southampton and Winchester, where I visited the castle, school, church, and King Arthur's Round Table; but especially the church, and its Saxon kings' monuments, which I esteemed a worthy antiquity.

Aldingbourne

Church of St Mary

On or before 26 Aug 1614 Henry Peckham MP 1614-1673 was born. He was baptised on 26 Aug 1614 at the Church of St Mary.

Chichester Cathedral

On 05 Apr 1305 John Langton Bishop of Chichester -1337 was elected Bishop of Chichester.

On 19 Sep 1305 John Langton Bishop of Chichester -1337 was consecrated Bishop of Chichester.

On 17 Nov 1389 Richard Mitford Bishop -1407 was elected Bishop of Chichester.

On 10 Apr 1390 Richard Mitford Bishop -1407 was consecrated Bishop of Chichester.

On 11 Feb 1478 Edward Story Bishop of Chichester -1503 was translated to Bishop of Chichester.

On 29 Nov 1503 Richard Fitzjames Bishop -1522 was translated Bishop of Chichester.

In 1508 Robert Sherbourne Bishop 1453-1536 (55) was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

In 1552 John Scory Bishop of Rochester, Chichester, Hereford 1510-1585 (42) was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

In 1559 William Barlow Bishop St Asaph, St Davids, Chichester, Bath and Wells 1498-1568 (61) was consecrated Bishop of Chichester.

On 31 Oct 1605 Lancelot Andrewes Bishop 1555-1626 (50) was elected Bishop of Chichester.

On 03 Nov 1605 Lancelot Andrewes Bishop 1555-1626 (50) was consecrated Bishop of Chichester.

On 18 Nov 1605 Lancelot Andrewes Bishop 1555-1626 (50) was installed Bishop of Chichester at Chichester Cathedral.

John Evelyn's Diary 1637-1639 University. 9th July 1638. I went home to visit my friends, and, on the 26th, with my brother (21) and sister to Lewes, where we abode till the 31st; and thence to one Mr. Michael's, of Houghton, near Arundel, where we were very well treated; and, on the 2d of August, to Portsmouth, and thence, having surveyed the fortifications (a great rarity in that blessed halcyon time in England), we passed into the Isle of Wight, to the house of my Lady Richards, in a place called Yaverland; but were turned the following day to Chichester, where, having viewed the city and fair cathedral, we returned home.

On 06 Feb 1642 Henry King Bishop 1592-1669 (50) was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

In 1669 Zachary Crodock 1633-1695 (6) was appointed Canon Chichester Cathedral.

In 1669 Peter Gunning Bishop 1614-1684 (55) was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

John Evelyn's Diary 1675 March. 26 Mar 1675. Dr. Brideoak (62) was elected Bishop of Chichester, on the translation of Dr. Gunning (61) to Ely.

John Evelyn's Diary 1676 March. 24 Mar 1676. Dr. Brideoake (63), Bishop of Chichester, preached a mean discourse for a Bishop. I also heard Dr. Fleetwood (72), Bishop of Worcester, on Matt. xxvi. 38, of the sorrows of Christ, a deadly sorrow caused by our sins; he was no great preacher.

John Evelyn's Diary 1676 September. 02 Sep 1676. I paid £1,700 to the Marquis de Sissac, which he had lent to my Lord Berkeley (48), and which I heard the Marquis lost at play in a night or two.
The Dean of Chichester preached before the King (46), on Acts xxiv. 16; and Dr. Crichton preached the second sermon before him (46) on Psalm xc. 12, of wisely numbering our days, and well employing our time.

On 19 Oct 1685 John Lake Bishop 1624-1689 (61) was translated Bishop of Chichester.

In 1689 Simon Patrick Bishop 1626-1707 (62) was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

On 30 Aug 1691 Robert Grove Bishop 1634-1696 (57) was consecrated Bishop of Chichester.

On 25 Sep 1696 Robert Grove Bishop 1634-1696 (62) died from a carriage accident. He was buried in Chichester Cathedral.

On 29 Dec 1806 Charles Lennox 3rd Duke Richmond 1735-1806 (71) died at Goodwood, West Sussex. He was buried at Chichester Cathedral. His nephew Charles Lennox 4th Duke Richmond 1764-1819 (42) succeeded 4th Duke Richmond (3C 1675), 4th Earl March (4C 1675), 4th Baron Settrington. Charlotte Gordon Duchess Richmond 1768-1842 (38) by marriage Duchess Richmond (3C 1675).

In 1836 William Otter Bishop of Chichester 1768-1840 (67) was appointed Bishop of Chichester.

Iping, Chichester

On 27 May 1789 Sarah Fawkener 1789-1817 was born to William Augustus Fawkener 1750-1811 (39) at Iping, Chichester.

Racton, Chichester

St Peter's Church, Racton, Chichester

On 24 Nov 1733 Charles Gounter Nicoll 1704-1733 (29) died. He was buried at St Peter's Church, Racton, Chichester.

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

On 16 Apr 1943 William Cecil 1854-1943 (88) died at Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Horsham

North Stoke

John Evelyn's Diary 1701. Jan 1701. I finished the sale of North Stoake in Sussex to Robert Michell, Esq, appointed by my brother to be sold for payment of portions to my nieces, and other incumbrances on the estate.

Selsey, West Sussex

Selsey Abbey

Before 716 Bishop Eadberht of Selsey -716 was appointed Bishop Selsey.

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England Book 5 Chapter 6 How, both by his prayers and blessing, he recalled from death one of his clerks, who had bruised himself by a fall..
In the third year of the reign of Aldfrid, Caedwalla, king of the West Saxons, having most vigorously governed his nation for two years, quitted his crown for the sake of the Lord and an everlasting kingdom, and went to Rome, being desirous to obtain the peculiar honour of being cleansed in the baptismal font at the threshold of the blessed Apostles, for he had learned that in Baptism alone the entrance into the heavenly life is opened to mankind; and he hoped at the same time, that being made clean by Baptism, he should soon be freed from the bonds of the flesh and pass to the eternal joys of Heaven; both which things, by the help of the Lord, came to pass according as he had conceived in his mind. For coming to Rome, at the time that Sergius was pope, he was baptized on the Holy Saturday before Easter Day, in the year of our Lord 689, and being still in his white garments, he fell sick, and was set free from the bonds of the flesh on the 20th of April, and obtained an entrance into the kingdom of the blessed in Heaven. At his baptism, the aforesaid pope had given him the name of Peter, to the end, that he might be also united in name to the most blessed chief of the Apostles, to whose most holy body his pious love had led him from the utmost bounds of the earth. He was likewise buried in his church, and by the pope's command an epitaph was written on his tomb, wherein the memory of his devotion might be preserved for ever, and the readers or hearers thereof might be stirred up to give themselves to religion by the example of what he had done.
The epitaph was this:
"High estate, wealth, offspring, a mighty kingdom, triumphs, spoils, chieftains, strongholds, the camp, a home; whatsoever the valour of his sires, whatsoever himself had won, Caedwal, mighty in war, left for the love of God, that, a pilgrim king, he might behold Peter and Peter's seat, receive at his font pure waters of life, and in bright draughts drink of the shining radiance whence a quickening glory streams through all the world. And even as he gained with eager soul the prize of the new life, he laid aside barbaric rage, and, changed in heart, he changed his name with joy. Sergius the Pope bade him be called Peter, himself his father, when he rose born anew from the font, and the grace of Christ, cleansing him, bore him forthwith clothed in white raiment to the heights of Heaven. O wondrous faith of the king, but greatest of all the mercy of Christ, into whose counsels none may enter! For he came in safety from the ends of the earth, even from Britain, through many a nation, over many a sea, by many a path, and saw the city of Romulus and looked upon Peter's sanctuary revered, bearing mystic gifts. He shall walk in white among the sheep of Christ in fellowship with them; for his body is in the tomb, but his soul on high. Thou mightest deem he did but change an earthly for a heavenly sceptre, whom thou seest attain to the kingdom of Christ."
"Here was buried Caedwalla, called also Peter, king of the Saxons, on the twentieth day of April, in the second indiction, aged about thirty years, in the reign of our most pious lord, the Emperor Justinian, in the fourth year of his consulship, in the second year of the pontificate of our Apostolic lord, Pope Sergius."
When Caedwalla went to Rome, Ini (51) succeeded to the kingdom, being of the blood royal; and having reigned thirty-seven years over that nation, he in like manner left his kingdom and committed it to younger men, and went away to the threshold of the blessed Apostles, at the time when Gregory was pope, being desirous to spend some part of his pilgrimage upon earth in the neighbourhood of the holy places, that he might obtain to be more readily received into the fellowship of the saints in heaven. This same thing, about that time, was wont to be done most zealously by many of the English nation, nobles and commons, laity and clergy, men and women.
The year after that in which Caedwalla died at Rome, that is, 690 after the Incarnation of our Lord, Archbishop Theodore, of blessed memory, departed this life, being old and full of days, for he was eighty-eight years of age; which number of years he had been wont long before to foretell to his friends that he should live, the same having been revealed to him in a dream. He held the bishopric twenty-two years, and was buried in St. Peter's church, where all the bodies of the bishops of Canterbury are buried. Of whom, as well as of his fellows of the same degree, it may rightly and truly be said, that their bodies are buried in peace, and their names shall live to all generations. For to say all in few words, the English Churches gained more spiritual increase while he was archbishop, than ever before. His character, life, age, and death, are plainly and manifestly described to all that resort thither, by the epitaph on his tomb, in thirty-four heroic verses. The first whereof are these:
"Here in the tomb rests the body of the holy prelate, called now in the Greek tongue Theodore. Chief pontiff, blest high priest, pure doctrine he set forth to his disciples."
The last are as follow:
"For September had reached its nineteenth day, when his spirit went forth from the prison-bars of the flesh. Mounting in bliss to the gracious fellowship of the new life, he was united to the angelic citizens in the heights of Heaven."
Bertwald succeeded Theodore in the archbishopric, being abbot of the monastery called Racuulfe, which stands at the northern mouth of the river Genlade. He was a man learned in the Scriptures, and perfectly instructed in ecclesiastical and monastic teaching, yet in no wise to be compared to his predecessor. He was chosen bishop in the year of our Lord 692, on the first day of July, when Wictred (23) and Suaebhard were kings in Kent; but he was ordained the next year, on Sunday the 29th of June, by Godwin, metropolitan bishop of Gaul, and was enthroned on Sunday the 31st of August. Among the many bishops whom he ordained was Tobias, a man instructed in the Latin, Greek, and Saxon tongues, and otherwise of manifold learning, whom he consecrated in the stead of Gedmund, bishop of the Church of Rochester, who had died.
688. At that time the venerable servant of Christ, and priest, Egbert, who is to be named with all honour, and who, as was said before, lived as a stranger and pilgrim in Ireland to obtain hereafter a country in heaven, purposed in his mind to profit many, taking upon him the work of an apostle, and, by preaching the Gospel, to bring the Word of God to some of those nations that had not yet heard it; many of which tribes he knew to be in Germany, from whom the Angles or Saxons, who now inhabit Britain, are known to have derived their race and origin; for which reason they are still corruptly called "Garmans" by the neighbouring nation of the Britons. Such are the Frisians, the Rugini, the Danes, the Huns, the Old Saxons, and the Boructuari. There are also in the same parts many other peoples still enslaved to pagan rites, to whom the aforesaid soldier of Christ detErmined to go, sailing round Britain, if haply he could deliver any of them from Satan, and bring them to Christ; or if this might not be, he was minded to go to Rome, to see and adore the thresholds of the holy Apostles and martyrs of Christ.
But a revelation from Heaven and the working of God prevented him from achieving either of these enterprises; for when he had made choice of most courageous companions, fit to preach the Word, inasmuch as they were renowned for their good deeds and their learning, and when all things necessary were provided for the voyage, there came to him on a certain day early in the morning one of the brethren, who had been a disciple of the priest, Boisil, beloved of God, and had ministered to him in Britain, when the said Boisil was provost of the monastery of Mailros, under the Abbot Eata, as has been said above. This brother told him a vision which he had seen that night. "When after matins," said he, "I had laid me down in my bed, and was fallen into a light slumber, Boisil, that was sometime my master and brought me up in all love, appeared to me, and asked, whether I knew him? I said, ‘Yes, you are Boisil.’ He answered, ‘I am come to bring Egbert a message from our Lord and Saviour, which must nevertheless be delivered to him by you. Tell him, therefore, that he cannot perform the journey he has undertaken; for it is the will of God that he should rather go to teach the monasteries of Columba.’ "Now Columba was the first teacher of the Christian faith to the Picts beyond the mountains northward, and the first founder of the monastery in the island of Hii, which was for a long time much honoured by many tribes of the Scots and Picts. The said Columba is now by some called Columcille, the name being compounded from "Columba" and "Cella." Egbert, having heard the words of the vision, charged the brother that had told it him, not to tell it to any other, lest haply it should be a lying vision. But when he considered the matter secretly with himself, he apprehended that it was true, yet would not desist from preparing for his voyage which he purposed to make to teach those nations.
A few days after the aforesaid brother came again to him, saying that Boisil had that night again appeared to him in a vision after matins, and said, "Why did you tell Egbert so negligently and after so lukewarm a manner that which I enjoined upon you to say? Yet, go now and tell him, that whether he will or no, he must go to Columba's monasteries, because their ploughs are not driven straight; and he must bring them back into the right way." Hearing this, Egbert again charged the brother not to reveal the same to any man. Though now assured of the vision, he nevertheless attempted to set forth upon his intended voyage with the brethren. When they had put aboard all that was requisite for so long a voyage, and had waited some days for fair winds, there arose one night so violent a storm, that part of what was on board was lost, and the ship itself was left lying on its side in the sea. Nevertheless, all that belonged to Egbert and his companions was saved. Then he, saying, in the words of the prophet, "For my sake this great tempest is upon you," withdrew himself from that undertaking and was content to remain at home.
But one of his companions, called Wictbert, notable for his contempt of the world and for his learning and knowledge, for he had lived many years as a stranger and pilgrim in Ireland, leading a hermit's life in great perfection, took ship, and arriving in Frisland, preached the Word of salvation for the space of two whole years to that nation and to its king, Rathbed; but reaped no fruit of all his great labour among his barbarous hearers. Returning then to the chosen place of his pilgrimage, he gave himself up to the Lord in his wonted life of silence, and since he could not be profitable to strangers by teaching them the faith, he took care to be the more profitable to his own people by the example of his virtue.
690. When the man of God, Egbert, perceived that neither he himself was permitted to go and preach to the nations, being withheld for the sake of some other advantage to the holy Church, whereof he had been forewarned by a revelation; nor that Wictbert, when he went into those parts, had availed to do anything; he nevertheless still attempted to send holy and industrious men to the work of the Word, among whom the most notable was Wilbrord (63), a man eminent for his merit and rank as priest. They arrived there, twelve in number, and turning aside to Pippin, duke of the Franks, were gladly received by him; and as he had lately subdued the nearer part of Frisland, and expelled King Rathbed, he sent them thither to preach, supporting them at the same time with his sovereign authority, that none might molest them in their preaching, and bestowing many favours on those who consented to receive the faith. Thus it came to pass, that with the help of the Divine grace, in a short time they converted many from idolatry to the faith of Christ.
Following their example, two other priests of the English nation, who had long lived as strangers in Ireland, for the sake of the eternal country, went into the province of the Old Saxons, if haply they could there win any to Christ by their preaching. They were alike in name as in devotion, Hewald being the name of both, with this distinction, that, on account of the different colour of their hair, the one was called Black Hewald and the other White Hewald. They were both full of religious piety, but Black Hewald was the more learned of the two in Scripture. When they came into the province, these men took up their lodging in the guesthouse of a certain township-reeve, and asked of him that he would conduct them to the ealdorman who was over him, for that they had a message concerning matters of importance to communicate to him. For those Old Saxons have no king, but many ealdormen set over their nation; and when any war is on the point of breaking out, they cast lots indifferently, and on whomsoever the lot falls, him they all follow and obey during the time of war; but as soon as the war is ended, all those ealdormen are again equal in power. So the reeve received and entertained them in his house some days, promising to send them to the ealdorman who was over him, as they desired.
But when the barbarians perceived that they were of another religion,—for they continually gave themselves to singing of psalms and prayer, and daily offered up to God the Sacrifice of the saving Victim, having with them sacred vessels and a consecrated table for an altar,—they began to grow suspicious of them, lest if they should come into the presence of their ealdorman, and converse with him, they should turn his heart from their gods, and convert him to the new religion of the Christian faith; and thus by degrees all their province should be forced to change its old worship for a new. Wherefore on a sudden they laid hold of them and put them to death; and White Hewald they slew outright with the sword; but they put Black Hewald to lingering torture and tore him limb from limb in horrible fashion, and they threw their bodies into the Rhine. The ealdorman, whom they had desired to see, hearing of it, was very angry that strangers who desired to come to him had not been suffered to come; and therefore he sent and put to death all those villagers and burned their village. The aforesaid priests and servants of Christ suffered on the 3rd of October.
Miracles from Heaven were not lacking at their martyrdom. For their dead bodies, having been cast into the river by the pagans, as has been said, were carried against the stream for the space of almost forty miles, to the place where their companions were. Moreover, a long ray of light, reaching up to heaven, shone every night above them wheresoever they chanced to be, and that too in the sight of the very pagans that had slain them. Moreover, one of them appeared in a vision by night to one of his companions, whose name was Tilmon, a man of renown and of noble birth in this world, who having been a thegn had become a monk, telling him that he might find their bodies in that place, where he should see rays of light reaching from heaven to the earth. And so it befell; and their bodies being found, were buried with the honour due to martyrs; and the day of their passion or of the finding of their bodies, is celebrated in those parts with fitting veneration. Finally, Pippin, the most glorious duke of the Franks, learning these things, caused the bodies to be brought to him, and buried them with much honour in the church of the city of Cologne, on the Rhine. And it is said that a spring burst forth in the place where they were killed, which to this day affords a plentiful stream in that same place.
692. At their first coming into Frisland, as soon as Wilbrord (63) found that he had leave given him by the prince to preach there, he made haste to go to Rome, where Pope Sergius then presided over the Apostolic see, that he might undertake the desired work of preaching the Gospel to the nations, with his licence and blessing; and hoping to receive of him some relics of the blessed Apostles and martyrs of Christ; to the end, that when he destroyed the idols, and erected churches in the nation to which he preached, he might have the relics of saints at hand to put into them, and having deposited them there, might accordingly dedicate each of those places to the honour of the saint whose relics they were. He desired also there to learn or to receive many other things needful for so great a work. Having obtained his desire in all these matters, he returned to preach.
At which time, the brothers who were in Frisland, attending on the ministry of the Word, chose out of their own number a man of sober life, and meek of heart, called Suidbert, to be ordained bishop for them. He, being sent into Britain, was consecrated, at their request, by the most reverend Bishop Wilfrid, who, having been driven out of his country, chanced then to be living in banishment among the Mercians; for Kent had no bishop at that time, Theodore being dead, and Bertwald, his successor, who had gone beyond the sea to be ordained, having not yet returned to his episcopal see.
The said Suidbert, being made bishop, returned from Britain, and not long after departed to the Boructuari; and by his preaching brought many of them into the way of truth; but the Boructuari being not long after subdued by the Old Saxons, those who had received the Word were dispersed abroad; and the bishop himself with certain others went to Pippin, who, at the request of his wife, Blithryda, gave him a place of abode in a certain island on the Rhine, called in their tongue, Inlitore; there he built a monastery, which his successors still possess, and for a time dwelt in it, leading a most continent life, and there ended his days.
When they who had gone thither had spent some years teaching in Frisland, Pippin, with the consent of them all, sent the venerable Wilbrord (63) to Rome, where Sergius was still pope, desiring that he (63) might be consecrated archbishop over the nation of the Frisians; which was accordingly done, as he had made request, in the year of our Lord 696. He (63) was consecrated in the church of the Holy Martyr Cecilia, on her festival; and the said pope gave him the name of Clement, and forthwith sent him back to his bishopric, to wit, fourteen days after his arrival in the city.
Pippin gave him a place for his episcopal see, in his famous fort, which in the ancient language of those people is called Wiltaburg, that is, the town of the Wilts; but, in the Gallic tongue, Trajectum. The most reverend prelate having built a church there, and preaching the Word of faith far and near, drew many from their errors, and built many churches and not a few monasteries. For not long after he himself constituted other bishops in those parts from the number of the brethren that either came with him or after him to preach there; of whom some are now fallen asleep in the Lord; but Wilbrord (63) himself, surnamed Clement, is still living, venerable for his great age, having been thirty-six years a bishop, and now, after manifold conflicts of the heavenly warfare, he longs with all his heart for the recompense of the reward in Heaven.
696. At this time a memorable miracle, and like to those of former days, was wrought in Britain; for, to the end that the living might be roused from the death of the soul, a certain man, who had been some time dead, rose again to the life of the body, and related many memorable things that he had seen; some of which I have thought fit here briefly to describe. There was a certain householder in that district of the Northumbrians which is called Incuneningum, who led a godly life, with all his house. This man fell sick, and his sickness daily increasing, he was brought to extremity, and died in the beginning of the night; but at dawn he came to life again, and suddenly sat up, whereat all those that sat about the body weeping fled away in great terror, only his wife, who loved him better, though trembling and greatly afraid, remained with him. And he comforting her, said, "Fear not, for I am now in very deed risen from death whereof I was holden, and permitted again to live among men; nevertheless, hereafter I must not live as I was wont, but after a very different manner." Then rising immediately, he went to the oratory of the little town, and continuing in prayer till day, forthwith divided all his substance into three parts; one whereof he gave to his wife, another to his children, and the third, which he kept himself, he straightway distributed among the poor. Not long after, being set free from the cares of this world, he came to the monastery of Mailros, which is almost enclosed by the winding of the river Tweed, and having received the tonsure, went apart into a place of abode which the abbot had provided, and there he continued till the day of his death, in so great contrition of mind and mortifying of the body, that even if his tongue had been silent, his life would have declared that he had seen many things either to be dreaded or coveted, which were hidden from other men.
Thus he related what he had seen. He that led me had a countenance full of light, and shining raiment, and we went in silence, as it seemed to me, towards the rising of the summer sun. And as we walked we came to a broad and deep valley of infinite length; it lay on our left, and one side of it was exceeding terrible with raging flames, the other no less intolerable for violent hail and cold snows drifting and sweeping through all the place. Both sides were full of the souls of men which seemed to be tossed from one side to the other as it were by a violent storm; for when they could no longer endure the fervent heat, the hapless souls leaped into the midst of the deadly cold; and finding no rest there, they leaped back again to be burnt in the midst of the unquenchable flames. Now whereas an innumerable multitude of misshapen spirits were thus tormented far and near with this interchange of misery, as far as I could see, without any interval of rest, I began to think that peradventure this might be Hell, of whose intolerable torments I had often heard men talk. My guide, who went before me, answered to my thought, saying, ‘Think not so, for this is not the Hell you believe it to be.’
When he had led me farther by degrees, sore dismayed by that dread sight, on a sudden I saw the place before us begin to grow dark and filled with shadows. When we entered into them, the shadows by degrees grew so thick, that I could see nothing else, save only the darkness and the shape and garment of him that led me. As we went on ‘through the shades in the lone night,’ lo! on a sudden there appeared before us masses of foul flame constantly rising as it were out of a great pit, and falling back again into the same. When I had been led thither, my guide suddenly vanished, and left me alone in the midst of darkness and these fearful sights. As those same masses of fire, without intermission, at one time flew up and at another fell back into the bottom of the abyss, I perceived that the summits of all the flames, as they ascended were full of the spirits of men, which, like sparks flying upwards with the smoke, were sometimes thrown on high, and again, when the vapours of the fire fell, dropped down into the depths below. Moreover, a stench, foul beyond compare, burst forth with the vapours, and filled all those dark places.
Having stood there a long time in much dread, not knowing what to do, which way to turn, or what end awaited me, on a sudden I heard behind me the sound of a mighty and miserable lamentation, and at the same time noisy laughter, as of a rude multitude insulting captured enemies. When that noise, growing plainer, came up to me, I beheld a crowd of evil spirits dragging five souls of men, wailing and shrieking, into the midst of the darkness, whilst they themselves exulted and laughed. Among those human souls, as I could discern, there was one shorn like a clerk, one a layman, and one a woman. The evil spirits that dragged them went down into the midst of the burning pit; and it came to pass that as they went down deeper, I could no longer distinguish between the lamentation of the men and the laughing of the devils, yet I still had a confused sound in my ears. In the meantime, some of the dark spirits ascended from that flaming abyss, and running forward, beset me on all sides, and with their flaming eyes and the noisome fire which they breathed forth from their mouths and nostrils, tried to choke me; and threatened to lay hold on me with fiery tongs, which they had in their hands, yet they durst in no wise touch me, though they assayed to terrify me. Being thus on all sides encompassed with enemies and shades of darkness, and casting my eyes hither and thither if haply anywhere help might be found whereby I might be saved, there appeared behind me, on the way by which I had come, as it were, the brightness of a star shining amidst the darkness; which waxing greater by degrees, came rapidly towards me: and when it drew near, all those evil spirits, that sought to carry me away with their tongs, dispersed and fled.
Now he, whose approach put them to flight, was the same that led me before; who, then turning towards the right, began to lead me, as it were, towards the rising of the winter sun, and having soon brought me out of the darkness, led me forth into an atmosphere of clear light. While he thus led me in open light, I saw a vast wall before us, the length on either side, and the height whereof, seemed to be altogether boundless. I began to wonder why we went up to the wall, seeing no door in it, nor window, nor any way of ascent. But when we came to the wall, we were presently, I know not by what means, on the top of it, and lo! there was a wide and pleasant plain full of such fragrance of blooming flowers that the marvellous sweetness of the scents immediately dispelled the foul stench of the dark furnace which had filled my nostrils. So great was the light shed over all this place that it seemed to exceed the brightness of the day, or the rays of the noontide sun. In this field were innumerable companies of men clothed in white, and many seats of rejoicing multitudes. As he led me through the midst of bands of happy inhabitants, I began to think that this perchance might be the kingdom of Heaven, of which I had often heard tell. He answered to my thought, saying, ‘Nay, this is not the kingdom of Heaven, as you think.’
When we had also passed those mansions of blessed spirits, and gone farther on, I saw before me a much more beautiful light than before, and therein heard sweet sounds of singing, and so wonderful a fragrance was shed abroad from the place, that the other which I had perceived before and thought so great, then seemed to me but a small thing; even as that wondrous brightness of the flowery field, compared with this which I now beheld, appeared mean and feeble. When I began to hope that we should enter that delightful place, my guide, on a sudden stood still; and straightway turning, led me back by the way we came.
"In our return, when we came to those joyous mansions of the white-robed spirits, he said to me, ‘Do you know what all these things are which you have seen?’ I answered, ‘No,’ and then he said, ‘That valley which you beheld terrible with flaming fire and freezing cold, is the place in which the souls of those are tried and punished, who, delaying to conFess and amend their crimes, at length have recourse to repentance at the point of death, and so go forth from the body; but nevertheless because they, even at their death, conFessed and repented, they shall all be received into the kingdom of Heaven at the day of judgement; but many are succoured before the day of judgement, by the prayers of the living and their alms and fasting, and more especially by the celebration of Masses. Moreover that foul flaming pit which you saw, is the mouth of Hell, into which whosoever falls shall never be delivered to all eternity. This flowery place, in which you see this fair and youthful company, all bright and joyous, is that into which the souls of those are received who, indeed, when they leave the body have done good works, but who are not so perfect as to deserve to be immediately admitted into the kingdom of Heaven; yet they shall all, at the day of judgement, behold Christ, and enter into the joys of His kingdom; for such as are perfect in every word and deed and thought, as soon as they quit the body, forthwith enter into the kingdom of Heaven; in the neighbourhood whereof that place is, where you heard the sound of sweet singing amidst the savour of a sweet fragrance and brightness of light. As for you, who must now return to the body, and again live among men, if you will seek diligently to examine your actions, and preserve your manner of living and your words in righteousness and simplicity, you shall, after death, have a place of abode among these joyful troops of blessed souls which you behold. For when I left you for awhile, it was for this purpose, that I might learn what should become of you.’ When he had said this to me, I much abhorred returning to the body, being delighted with the sweetness and beauty of the place which I beheld, and with the company of those I saw in it. Nevertheless, I durst not ask my guide anything; but thereupon, on a sudden, I found myself, I know not how, alive among men."
Now these and other things which this man of God had seen, he would not relate to slothful men, and such as lived negligently; but only to those who, being terrified with the dread of torments, or ravished with the hope of everlasting joys, would draw from his words the means to advance in piety. In the neighbourhood of his cell lived one Haemgils, a monk, and eminent in the priesthood, whose good works were worthy of his office: he is still living, and leading a solitary life in Ireland, supporting his declining age with coarse bread and cold water. He often went to that man, and by repeated questioning, heard of him what manner of things he had seen when out of the body; by whose account those few particulars which we have briefly set down came also to our knowledge. And he related his visions to King Aldfrid, a man most learned in all respects, and was by him so willingly and attentively heard, that at his request he was admitted into the monastery above-mentioned, and received the crown of the monastic tonsure; and the said king, whensoever he came into those parts, very often went to hear him. At that time the abbot and priest Ethelwald,846 a man of godly and sober life, presided over that monastery. He now occupies the episcopal see of the church of Lindisfarne, leading a life worthy of his degree.
He had a place of abode assigned him apart in that monastery, where he might give himself more freely to the service of his Creator in continual prayer. And inasmuch as that place was on the banks of the river, he was wont often to go into the same for the great desire he had to do penance in his body, and oftentimes to plunge in it, and to continue saying psalms or prayers in the same as long as he could endure it, standing still, while the waves flowed over him, sometimes up to the middle, and sometimes even to the neck in water; and when he went ashore, he never took off his cold, wet garments till they grew warm and dry on his body. And when in the winter the cracking pieces of ice were floating about him, which he had himself sometimes broken, to make room to stand or plunge in the river, and those who beheld it would say, "We marvel, brother Drythelm (for so he was called), that you are able to endure such severe cold;" he answered simply, for he was a simple and sober-spirited man, "I have seen greater cold." And when they said, "We marvel that you choose to observe so hard a rule of continence," he replied, "I have seen harder things." And so, until the day of his calling hence, in his unwearied desire of heavenly bliss, he subdued his aged body with daily fasting, and forwarded the salvation of many by his words and life.
704 to 709. But contrarywise there was a man in the province of the Mercians, whose visions and words, but not his manner of life, were of profit to others, though not to himself. In the reign of Coenred, who succeeded Ethelred, there was a layman who was a king's thegn, no less acceptable to the king for his outward industry, than displeasing to him for his neglect of his own soul. The king diligently admonished him to conFess and amend, and to forsake his evil ways, lest he should lose all time for repentance and amendment by a sudden death. But though frequently warned, he despised the words of salvation, and promised that he would do penance at some future time. In the meantime, falling sick he betook himself to his bed, and was tormented with grievous pains. The king coming to him (for he loved the man much) exhorted him, even then, before death, to repent of his offences. But he answered that he would not then conFess his sins, but would do it when he was recovered of his sickness, lest his companions should upbraid him with having done that for fear of death, which he had refused to do in health. He thought he spoke very bravely, but it afterwards appeared that he had been miserably deceived by the wiles of the Devil.
The disease increasing, when the king came again to visit and instruct him, he cried out straightway with a lamentable voice, "What will you now? What are you come for? for you can no longer do aught for my profit or salvation." The king answered, "Say not so; take heed and be of sound mind." "I am not mad," replied he, "but I now know the worst and have it for certain before my eyes." "What is that?" said the king. "Not long since," said he, "there came into this room two fair youths, and sat down by me, the one at my head, and the other at my feet. One of them drew forth a book most beautiful, but very small, and gave it me to read; looking into it, I there found all the good actions I had ever done in my life written down, and they were very few and inconsiderable. They took back the book and said nothing to me. Then, on a sudden, appeared an army of evil spirits of hideous countenance, and they beset this house without, and sitting down filled the greater part of it within. Then he, who by the blackness of his gloomy face, and his sitting above the rest, seemed to be the chief of them, taking out a book terrible to behold, of a monstrous size, and of almost insupportable weight, commanded one of his followers to bring it to me to read. Having read it, I found therein most plainly written in hideous characters, all the crimes I ever committed, not only in word and deed, but even in the least thought; and he said to those glorious men in white raiment who sat by me, ‘Why sit ye here, since ye know of a surety that this man is ours?’ They answered, ‘Ye speak truly; take him and lead him away to fill up the measure of your damnation.’ This said, they forthwith vanished, and two wicked spirits arose, having in their hands ploughshares, and one of them struck me on the head, and the other on the foot. And these ploughshares are now with great torment creeping into the inward parts of my body, and as soon as they meet I shall die, and the devils being ready to snatch me away, I shall be dragged into the dungeons of hell."
Thus spoke that wretch in his despair, and soon after died, and now in vain suffers in eternal torments that penance which he failed to suffer for a short time with the fruits of forgiveness. Of whom it is manifest, that (as the blessed Pope Gregory writes of certain persons) he did not see these things for his own sake, since they did not avail him, but for the sake of others, who, knowing of his end, should be afraid to put off the time of repentance, whilst they have leisure, lest, being prevented by sudden death, they should perish impenitent. And whereas he saw diverse books laid before him by the good and evil spirits, this was done by Divine dispensation, that we may keep in mind that our deeds and thoughts are not scattered to the winds, but are all kept to be examined by the Supreme Judge, and will in the end be shown us either by friendly angels or by the enemy. And whereas the angels first drew forth a white book, and then the devils a black one; the former a very small one, the latter one very great; it is to be observed, that in his first years he did some good actions, all which he nevertheless obscured by the evil actions of his youth. If, contrarywise, he had taken care in his youth to correct the errors of his boyhood, and by well-doing to put them away from the sight of God, he might have been admitted to the fellowship of those of whom the Psalm says, "Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered." This story, as I learned it of the venerable Bishop Pechthelm, I have thought good to set forth plainly, for the salvation of such as shall read or hear it.
704 to 709. I myself knew a brother, would to God I had not known him, whose name I could mention if it were of any avail, dwelling in a famous monastery, but himself living infamously. He was oftentimes rebuked by the brethren and elders of the place, and admonished to be converted to a more chastened life; and though he would not give ear to them, they bore with him long and patiently, on account of their need of his outward service, for he was a cunning artificer. But he was much given to drunkenness, and other pleasures of a careless life, and more used to stop in his workshop day and night, than to go to church to sing and pray and hear the Word of life with the brethren. For which reason it befell him according to the saying, that he who will not willingly humble himself and enter the gate of the church must needs be led against his will into the gate of Hell, being damned. For he falling sick, and being brought to extremity, called the brethren, and with much lamentation, like one damned, began to tell them, that he saw Hell opened, and Satan sunk in the depths thereof; and Caiaphas, with the others that slew our Lord, hard by him, delivered up to avenging flames. "In whose neighbourhood," said he, "I see a place of eternal perdition prepared for me, miserable wretch that I am." The brothers, hearing these words, began diligently to exhort him, that he should repent even then, whilst he was still in the flesh. He answered in despair, "There is no time for me now to change my course of life, when I have myself seen my judgement passed."
Whilst uttering these words, he died without having received the saving Viaticum, and his body was buried in the farthest parts of the monastery, nor did any one dare either to say Masses or sing psalms, or even to pray for him. Oh how far asunder hath God put light from darkness! The blessed Stephen, the first martyr, being about to suffer death for the truth, saw the heavens opened, and the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God; and where he was to be after death, there he fixed the eyes of his mind, that he might die the more joyfully. But this workman, of darkened mind and life, when death was at hand, saw Hell opened, and witnessed the damnation of the Devil and his followers; he saw also, unhappy wretch! his own prison among them, to the end that, despairing of salvation, he might himself die the more miserably, but might by his perdition afford cause of salvation to the living who should hear of it. This befell of late in the province of the Bernicians, and being noised abroad far and near, inclined many to do penance for their sins without delay. Would to God that this also might come to pass through the reading of our words!
703. At this time a great part of the Scots in Ireland, and some also of the Britons in Britain, by the grace of God, adopted the reasonable and ecclesiastical time of keeping Easter. For when Adamnan, priest and abbot of the monks that were in the island of Hii, was sent by his nation on a mission to Aldfrid, king of the English, he abode some time in that province, and saw the canonical rites of the Church. Moreover, he was earnestly admonished by many of the more learned sort, not to presume to live contrary to the universal custom of the Church, either in regard to the observance of Easter, or any other ordinances whatsoever, with those few followers of his dwelling in the farthest corner of the world. Wherefore he so changed his mind, that he readily preferred those things which he had seen and heard in the English churches, to the customs which he and his people had hitherto followed. For he was a good and wise man, and excellently instructed in knowledge of the Scriptures. Returning home, he endeavoured to bring his own people that were in Hii, or that were subject to that monastery, into the way of truth, which he had embraced with all his heart; but he could not prevail. He sailed over into Ireland, and preaching to those people, and with sober words of exhortation making known to them the lawful time of Easter, he brought back many of them, and almost all that were free from the dominion of those of Hii, from the error of their fathers to the Catholic unity, and taught them to keep the lawful time of Easter.
Returning to his island, after having celebrated the canonical Easter in Ireland, he was instant in preaching the Catholic observance of the season of Easter in his monastery, yet without being able to achieve his end; and it so happened that he departed this life before the next year came round, the Divine goodness so ordaining it, that as he was a great lover of peace and unity, he should be taken away to everlasting life before he should be obliged, on the return of the season of Easter, to be at greater variance with those that would not follow him into the truth.
This same man wrote a book concerning the holy places, of great profit to many readers; his authority was the teaching and dictation of Arculf, a bishop of Gaul, who had gone to Jerusalem for the sake of the holy places; and having wandered over all the Promised Land, travelled also to Damascus, Constantinople, Alexandria, and many islands in the sea, and returning home by ship, was cast upon the western coast of Britain by a great tempest. After many adventures he came to the aforesaid servant of Christ, Adamnan, and being found to be learned in the Scriptures, and acquainted with the holy places, was most gladly received by him and gladly heard, insomuch that whatsoever he said that he had seen worthy of remembrance in the holy places, Adamnan straightway set himself to commit to writing. Thus he composed a work, as I have said, profitable to many, and chiefly to those who, being far Removed from those places where the patriarchs and Apostles lived, know no more of them than what they have learnt by reading. Adamnan presented this book to King Aldfrid, and through his bounty it came to be read by lesser persons. The writer thereof was also rewarded by him with many gifts and sent back into his country. I believe it will be of advantage to our readers if we collect some passages from his writings, and insert them in this our History.
705. In the year of our Lord 705, Aldfrid, king of the Northumbrians, died before the end of the twentieth year of his reign. His son Osred, a boy about eight years of age, succeeding him in the throne, reigned eleven years. In the beginning of his reign, Haedde, bishop of the West Saxons, departed to the heavenly life; for he was a good man and a just, and his life and doctrine as a bishop were guided rather by his innate love of virtue, than by what he had gained from books. The most reverend bishop, Pechthelm, of whom we shall speak hereafter in the proper place, and who while still deacon or monk was for a long time with his successor Aldhelm, was wont to relate that many miracles of healing have been wrought in the place where he died, through the merit of his sanctity; and that the men of that province used to carry the dust thence for the sick, and put it into water, and the drinking thereof, or sprinkling with it, brought health to many sick men and beasts; so that the holy dust being frequently carried away, a great hole was made there.
Upon his death, the bishopric of that province was divided into two dioceses. One of them was given to Daniel, which he governs to this day; the other to Aldhelm, wherein he presided most vigorously four years; both of them were fully instructed, as well in matters touching the Church as in the knowledge of the Scriptures. Aldhelm, when he was as yet only a priest and abbot of the monastery which is called the city of Maildufus, by order of a synod of his own nation, wrote a notable book against the error of the Britons, in not celebrating Easter at the due time, and in doing divers other things contrary to the purity of doctrine and the peace of the church; and through the reading of this book many of the Britons, who were subject to the West Saxons, were led by him to adopt the Catholic celebration of our Lord's Paschal Feast. He likewise wrote a famous book on Virginity, which, after the example of Sedulius, he composed in twofold form, in hexameters and in prose. He wrote some other books, being a man most instructed in all respects, for he had a polished style, and was, as I have said, of marvellous learning both in liberal and ecclesiastical studies. On his death, Forthere was made bishop in his stead, and is living at this time, being likewise a man very learned in the Holy Scriptures.
Whilst they administered the bishopric, it was detErmined by a synodal decree, that the province of the South Saxons, which till that time belonged to the diocese of the city of Winchester, where Daniel then presided, should itself have an episcopal see, and a bishop of its own. Eadbert, at that time abbot of the monastery of Bishop Wilfrid, of blessed memory, called Selaeseu, was consecrated their first bishop. On his death, Eolla succeeded to the office of bishop. He also died some years ago, and the bishopric has been vacant to this day.

Around 717 Bishop Eolla was appointed Bishop Selsey.

Shipley, West Sussex

Bentons, Shipley, West Sussex

Around 1572 Thomas Caryll of Bentons, Shipley, West Sussex 1572-1617 was born in Bentons, Shipley, West Sussex.

Around 12 Aug 1596 Mary Caryll Viscountess Molyneux 1596-1639 was born to Thomas Caryll of Bentons, Shipley, West Sussex 1572-1617 (24) in Bentons, Shipley, West Sussex.

Slindon, West Sussex

In 1536 George St Leger 1484-1536 (51) died at Slindon, West Sussex.

Wigginholt

Wigsell

In 1538 Francis Culpepper 1538-1591 was born to William Culpepper 1509-1559 (29) and Cicely Barrett 1512- at Wigsell.

Willingdon

Winchelsea

In 1321 Walter Culpepper 1266-1321 (55) died at Winchelsea.

In 1321 Thomas Culpepper 1260-1321 (61) died at Winchelsea.

Despencer War Executions

The Chronicles of Froissart Chapter VI - Of the earl Thomas of Lancaster and twenty-two other of the great lords and knights of England, that were beheaded. 1322. THE foresaid king Edward the second (37), father to the noble king Edward the third (9), on whom our matter is founded, this said king governed right diversely his realm by the exhortation of sir Hugh Spencer (36), who had been nourished with him sith the beginning of his yongth ; the which sir Hugh (36) had so enticed the king (37), that his father and he were the greatest masters in all the realm, and by envy thought to surmount all other barons of England ; whereby after the great discomfiture that the Scots had made at Stirling great murmuring there arose in England between. The noble barons and the king's council, and namely against sir Hugh Spencer (36). They put on him that by his counsel they were discomfited, and that he was favourable to the king of Scots. And on this point the barons had divers times communication together, to be advised what they might do, whereof Thomas earl of Lancaster (44), who was uncle to the king, was chief. And anon when sir Hugh Spencer (36) had espied this, he purveyed for remedy, for he was so great with the king (37) and so near him, that he was more beloved with the king (37) than all the world after. So on a day he came to the king (37) and said, `Sir, certain lords of your realm have made alliance together against you, and without ye take heed thereto betimes, they purpose to put you out of your realm': and so by his malicious means he caused that the king made all the said lords to be taken, and their heads to be stricken off without delay, and without knowledge or answer to any cause. First of all sir Thomas earl of Lancaster (44), who was a noble and a wise, holy knight, and hath done sith many fair miracles in Pomfret, where he was beheaded, for the which deed the said sir Hugh Spencer (36) achieved great hate in all the realm, and specially of the queen (27) and of the earl of Kent (20), brother to the king (37). And when he perceived the displeasure of the queen (27), by his subtle wit he set great discord between the king and the queen (27), so that the king (37) would not see the queen nor come in her company, the which discord endured a long space. Then was it skewed to the queen (27) secretly and to the earl of Kent (20), that without they took good heed to themselves, they were likely to be destroyage to Saint Thomas of Canterbury, and so to Winchelsea, and in the night went into a ship that was ready for her, and her young son Edward (9) with her, and the earl of Kent (20) and sir Roger Mortimer (34), and in another ship they had put all their purveyance, and had wind at will, and the next morning they arrived in the haven of Boulogne.

Battle of Winchelsea

On 29 Aug 1350 the English fleet defeated a Castilian fleet at Winchelsea during the Battle of Winchelsea. Around twenty Castilian ships were captured; several were sunk. For the English King Edward III England (37) and his son Edward "Black Prince" Plantagenet Prince Wales 1330-1376 (20), James Audley 1318-1369 (32), Henry Scrope 1st Baron Scrope Masham 1312-1392 (37), Henry of Grosmont 1st Duke Lancaster 1310-1361 (40) and John Sully 1283-1388 (67) fought.

John Evelyn's Diary 1652 June. 04 Jun 1652. I set out to meet her (17) now on her journey from Paris, after she (17) had obtained leave to come out of that city, which had now been besieged some time by the Prince of Condé's army in the time of the rebellion, and after she had been now near twelve years from her own country, that is, since five years of age, at which time she went over. I went to Rye to meet her, where was an embargo on occasion of the late conflict with the Holland fleet, the two nations being now in war, and which made sailing very unsafe.
On Whit Sunday, I went to the church (which is a very fair one), and heard one of the canters, who dismissed the assembly rudely, and without any blessing. Here I stayed till the 10th with no small impatience, when I walked over to survey the ruins of Winchelsea, that ancient cinq-port, which by the remains and ruins of ancient streets and public structures, discovers it to have been formerly a considerable and large city. There are to be seen vast caves and vaults, walls and towers, ruins of monasteries and of a sumptuous church, in which are some handsome. Monuments, especially of the Templars, buried just in the manner of those in the Temple at London. This place being now all in rubbish, and a few despicable hovels and cottages only standing, hath yet a Mayor. The sea, which formerly rendered it a rich and commodious port, has now forsaken it.

Wiston

In 1443 Ralph Shirley 1443-1504 was born to Ralph Shirley 1413-1466 (30) at Wiston.

In 1451 Alice Shirley 1451- was born to Ralph Shirley 1413-1466 (38) at Wiston.

Around 1478 Richard Shirley 1478-1540 was born to Ralph Shirley 1443-1504 (35) and Jane Bellingham 1456-1486 (22) at Wiston.

In 1498 William Shirley 1498-1551 was born to Richard Shirley 1478-1540 (20) at Wiston.

On 10 Nov 1540 Richard Shirley 1478-1540 (62) died at Wiston.

On 09 May 1542 Thomas Shirley 1542-1612 was born to William Shirley 1498-1551 (44) at Wiston.

Around 1625 Unknown Artist. Double Portrait of Thomas Shirley 1542-1612 and his Cicassian wife. He wears the exotic Persian clothes which so impressed his European hosts upon his return to Europe from Persia; she wears her native style of dress but also holds a flintlock pistol and a pocket watch, symbols of the technologies Europe was introducing to Persia.

Around 1546 Anthony Shirley 1546-1624 was born to William Shirley 1498-1551 (48) at Wiston.

On 29 May 1551 William Shirley 1498-1551 (53) died at Wiston.

Withyham

Worthing