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8                             BYGONE SUSSEX.
mington, Mayfield, Robertsbridge, and Win-chelsea.
It is an old complaint against Sussex that its roads are so miry and muddy as to be a terror to the traveller, whether he be on horseback, in a vehicle, or a plain wayfaring man. Defoe saw, not far from Lewes, "an ancient lady, and a lady of very good quality," riding to the village church in a coach drawn by six oxen, whose united strength was necessary to cope with the difficulties of the road. And when Prince George of Den­mark journeyed to Petworth to meet Charles VI. of Spain, the last nine miles of the journey occupied six hours. Matters have greatly im­proved since then, and there is no special difficulty in visiting any part. The geologist and the botanist will find ample reward in his excursions, and the woodlands are not silent of song, though the ornithologist must lament the disappearance of some that were formerly denizens. The student of folk-lore may pick up curious items about the " pharisees," and learn how magpies were shoed at Piddinghoe, and see at Mayfield the very tongs with which St. Dunstan pulled the devil's nose.
Sussex is notable for the variety of its interest.
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