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Mr Pemberton came forward in the independent interest. At the close of the poll, William Greaves, Esq., High Constable of Shoreham, and the Returning Officer, declared the numbers to be: for Sir Charles Burrell, 994 ; Lord Alexander Lennox, 805 ; and Mr Pemberton, 489.
The Protestant Grammar School of W. H. Harper, Esq., also deserves allusion to,—it has a good reputation, and is one of the best educational establishments in Sussex.
In concluding our chapter on Shoreham, that delightful pleasure seat, the Swiss Gardens, claims our tribute. It is conducted in the most praiseworthy manner by Messrs. Goodchild and Son ; presents as great a variety of amusements as can be met with in any other place of its kind in England ; is patronized by thousands during the summer season; and in the winter is largely attended by ladies and gentlemen for its skating, the frozen lakes being admirably adapted for this healthful and agreeable exercise.
THE DEVIL'S DYKE.
In a north-westerly direction from Brighton, and at about five and a half miles' distance is the well-known Devil's Dyke, a very extensive oval entrenchment, about one mile in circumference, accessible by an inlet to the south. It is fortified by a narrow ditch, the earth thrown inwards, and forming a very high rampart, which is known as " The Poor Man's Wall."
Dr. Tabor, in speaking of this strange birth of nature, said he could not learn whether it had ever had any other name, also that its present one derived its origin from the " wall " having been a security to the distressed Britons : it is even now a valued shelter to shepherds. We find it written that " The Devil's Dyke " is a corruption of Diphivys thjnchel, i.e., the high and stately precipice.
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