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assisted by other clergymen. Institutions in close relation hereunto have been established at Shoreham, Hurst, and Ardingly in this county.
Lancing is considered by many, from the mildness of its air, to be the " Montpelier" of England. Figs grow in great abundance in this and the adjacent parishes of Sompting and Tarring, and ripen in the open air, such not being always the case in other parts; some years the growth of them is so abundant that the choicest are sold in Brighton at sixpence per dozen, and quantities are forwarded to different parts of the kingdom. This fruit was first introduced into England by St. Thomas a Becket, who resided at Tarring, at what is now called the Bectory House, built upon the site of the Archbishop's Palace. At the present time there is a large fig orchard contiguous to it, consisting of a hundred trees or more, and it has been known to produce in one season upwards of 2,000 dozens of the fruit, and is visited by the beccafico of Italy, a fig-eating bird.
SHOREHAM.
Is about six miles west of Brighton, and is the smallest village in the rape of Bramber, being only 170 acres in extent. It commands the entrance to the river Adur, and is designated "New" to distinguish it from Old Shore­ham, a sister village in its vicinity now much decayed. Shoreham possesses a place in history's pages, it being one of the most ancient towns in England. For many cen­turies it enjoyed great commercial and political import­ance, and in 452 was the second landing-place of Ella, who defeated the Britons near this spot, and afterwards founded the kingdom of the South Saxons. In the time
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