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church (the antithesis of Climping) was found one day by accident in a bed of nettles.
A good eastern walk from Littlehampton takes one by the sea to Goring, and then inland over Highdown Hill to Angmering, and so to Littlehampton again or to Arundel, our present centre. Goring touches literature in two places. The great house was built by Sir Bysshe Shelley, grandfather of the poet; and in the village died, in 1887, Richard Jefferies, author of The Story of My Hearty after a life of ill-health spent in the ser­vice of nature. Many beautiful and sympathetic descriptions of Sussex are scattered about in Jefferies' books of essays, notably, "To Brighton," "The South Down Shepherd," and " The Breeze on Beachy Head" in Nature near London; "Clematis Lane," "Nature near Brighton," "Sea, Sky and Down," and "January in the Sussex Woods" in The Life of the Fields) "Sunny Brighton" in The Open Air, and "The Country-Side, Sussex" and " Buckhurst Park" in Field and Hedgeroiv. Jefferies had a way of blending experiences and concealing the names of places, which makes it difficult to know exactly what part of Sussex he is describing; but I think I could lead anyone to Clematis Lane. I might, by the way, have remarked of South Harting that the luxuriance of the clematis in its hedges is unsurpassed.
John Taylor, the water poet, has a doggerel narrative entitled "A New Discovery by Sea with a Wherry from London to Salisbury," 1623, wherein he mentions a woful night with fleas at Goring, and pens a couplet worthy to take a place with the famous description of a similar visitation in Eothen :—
Who in their fury nip'd and skip'd so hotly, That all our skins were almost turned to motley.
Taylor gives us in the same record a pleasant picture of the Sussex constable in 1623 :—
The night before a Constable there came, Who asked my trade, my dwelling, and my name,
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