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241               Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XIX,
all the more important Municipal Corporations in England were what is euphemistically called " reformed," though the word in question has too often been equivalent to " plundered " when a " Liberal" Government had any part in the " reform." But a considerable number of the smaller Corporations in England were not included in the operations of the Act of 1835. These remained undisturbed till 1883, when by the Act 46 and 47 Vict., c. 18, they also were upset and plundered. Pevensey and Seaford were 2 towns so treated. Their historical antecedents and status are recorded in a Blue-book, published in 1880 by a Royal Commission/^ The details as regards Pevensey are particularly curious and interesting. Pevensey was governed by a High Bailiff, assisted by certain persons called Jurats. The Bailiff's annual salary was 2 ; that of the Jurats 6s. Sd. The Town Clerk's salary was 6 5s. Id. The Bailiff and Jurats exercised magisterial functions as regards the trial of prisoners and the licensing of public houses. Courts of Quarter Sessions were held quarterly for the purpose of making Rates, but not for the trial of prisoners. These were only tried at the Monthly Petty Sessions. On conviction, a prisoner would be sent to-Lewes Gaol. An installation dinner, paid for out of the Corporate Funds, was held every year. The annual income for 1875 was 113, and the expenditure 169, but that was an exceptional year. The Corporation possessed funded and other property which at the-break-up was distributed in divers and sundry directions. The Mace is now on show in Pevensey Church.
"Bradford" or "Bedford" Well.
The well at the Waterworks, seen on entering East-Bourne by railway, is now-a-days generally called Bedford Well, but it was not so called in my early days. I never knew it by any other name than " Bradford's Well" or " The Bradford Well," and I have heard that it received its designation from a man named Bradford
(a) C. 2490, Sess. 1880. Price Is. lOd.
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