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An illustrated appreciation, of the most interesting districts in Sussex.

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Sussex concerning the monuments in the church, in a kind of writing of which we have little to-day :—" And as the volume, for which this has been written, is likely to fall chiefly into the hands of men who are occupied almost solely with the cares and business of this life, this slight reference is made to the monuments of the dead in order that, should the reader of this book find, in the present dearth of honesty, of faithful­ness, of disinterested valour and of loyalty, an aching want in his spirit for such high qualities, let him hence be taught where to go—let him learn that, though they are rarely found in the busy haunts of men, they are still preserved and have their home around the sanctuary of the altar of his God."
Petworth should be visited by all young architects; not for the mansion (except as an object-lesson, for it is like a London terrace), but for the ordinary buildings in the town. It is a paradise of old-fashioned architecture. The church is hideous ; the new hotel, the "Swan," might be at Balham ; but the old part of the town is perfect. There is an almshouse (which Mr. Griggs has drawn), in which in its palmy days a Lady Bountiful might have lived ; even the workhouse has charms— it is the only pretty workhouse I remember : with the exception, perhaps, of Battle, but that is, however, self-conscious.
Petworth has known, at any rate, one poet. In the church­yard was once this epitaph, now perhaps obliterated, from a husband's hand:—
" She was! She was! She was, what?
She was all that a woman should be, she was that."
In a book which takes account of Sussex men and women of the past, it is hard to keep long from cricket. To the north of Petworth, whither we now turn, is Northchapel, where was born and died one of the great men of the Hambledon Club, Noah Mann, who once made ten runs from one hit, and whose son was named Horace, after the cricketing baronet of the same name, by special permission. " Sir Horace, by this simple act
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