A PARDON brass is one which promises to the bystander, who shall offer up a certain number of prayers for the repose of those whose grave he beholds, a remission of a portion of the punishment due to his own sins and to be endured in a future life. There are three remarkable instances of this monumental form of " indulgence " in connection with Sussex.
In the great church of Winchelsea is the gravestone of Reginald Allard. The brass which once decorated it is gone, but round the edges of the tombstone the inscription can still be partially made out. In its complete form it read : " Reginald allard q'i morout le xv jour de avrill 1' an m ccc viii gist icy. Dieu de s' Alme ait merci. O'i pur s' alme priera 1 jour de pardon auera."# Here it will be seen the promise is given of fifty days' remission of punishment in return for a single prayer for the soul of the dead man.
* Sussex Archaeological Collections, xxiii., 190.