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98                              BYGONE SUSSEX.
bread from door to door. But the story of the manner in which the miser had lost his wealth became known, and when he begged at the Smith's house, the wife of Godwin thought she would give the poor caitiff some help. So one day she baked a loaf, and hid forty shillings in it, and gave it to the beggar. The miser went his way, and soon after met some fishermen on the beach, to whom he sold the loaf unbroken, for a penny. The fishermen came to Godwin's house, and were about to give the loaf to their horses when the mistress recognised it, and let them have some oats instead. So the miser remained poor to the end of his days.
Such is the tale to which the local habitation and name of Winchelsea has been given, but it is a story that exists in various forms. A very similar version appears in Wright's " Latin Stories," from a fourteenth century M.S., and alike narrative forms a part of the " Liber de Donis " of Stephanus de Borbone (No. 414). In the Latin " Gesta Romanorum "—but not in the English—it appears as Tale cix. No names are mentioned, but we are told that a certain covetous and wicked carpenter residing near the sea, had a large sum of money in the
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