still cherished by the inhabitants, and trust that so necessary an act in remembrance of the piety and devotion of our ancestors will not long remain in abeyance, and that this fine specimen of early English architecture, which has been in existence for many centuries, will be restored to its former grandeur.
Edward II. founded a Carmelite or White Friars' House opposite the east end of the Church, and some years since the whole edifice and land adjoining were sold to George Irving, Esq., M.P., a London merchant, for £600. He thoroughly renovated and improved the property, gave a noble appearance to the mansion, and named it " Cupola House."
Before concluding this brief history of Shoreham, it will not be amiss to speak of its political character. Like other boroughs, it has not been free from the grossest bribery that could possibly be committed ; and, being a place of some importance, its representation was eagerly sought for by contending parties, more especially as a return might be expected for the outlay they incurred consequent on contested elections, in the shape of a degree of patronage that exists in seaport towns, viz.:— obtaining from the Government of the day the appointments connected with the Customs, Tide-waiters, &c,,— vacancies supposed to be in the gift of Members representing these boroughs. In Shoreham this kind of patronage was made use of to the greatest extent possible,—we will, therefore, now proceed to speak of this Borough from the earliest period ; not that we consider it in this respect worse than its more fortunate neighbours, but they had the misfortune to have their delinquencies discovered. In this respect the custom of England coincides with the Spartan law: the crime consists not in the committal of the offensive act, but in the awkwardness of keeping it secret,—not in the act itself, but in the discovery of it; and as in Sparta so in