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was of great eminence and employments in the reigns of King Henry VII. and King Henry VIII. By his last will and testament this nobleman bequeathed his body to be buried in a tomb of freestone, appointing also that his executors should bury him according to his honor, ordaining that every poor man and poor woman who attended his corpse to Church should receive twopence, and that his burial expenses should be defrayed by the sale of his collar and chain of gold. To the Church he left his mantle of blue velvet and gown of crimson velvet, the same to be made into altar cloths. Eleanor, his wife, survived him about ten years, and by her will appointed that her body should be buried in the same tomb with that of her husband,—in the chancel of Broadwater Church,—also that a priest should for one year after her decease sing mass for her soul, and receive ten marks from her executors as salary.
At Bramber there are the remains of an old castle from which the Bape takes its title. It was built by De Braose, in the reign of William the Conqueror, and history records that an arm of the sea formerly flowed past its walls and onwards as far as Knepp Castle, the seat of Sir Percy Burrell, whose father, the late Sir Charles Merrik Burrell, represented the Bape for many years, attained a very advanced age, and was known as "the father of the House of Commons." At the foot of the Castle nestles the village of Bramber, which returned its representatives to Parliament as early as the reign of Edward I., but was disfranchised under the provisions of the Reform Act of 1832.
The Castle at one period was an immense structure, and in feudal times a powerful barrier. The remnant of this relic of bygone grandeur stands upon a circular
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