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may, has no right to put into his own pocket: and as there is here a considerable ecclesiastical revenue and a complete sinecure if any one be re-appointed to it, it is to be hoped that power exists somewhere to make a proper disposal of the revenue in some way. Has the Bishop of the Diocese any power to interfere ? we imagine not. But certainly Magdalene College ought not to confer a revenue on any man who can give, in an uninhabited parish, nothing in return."
A few years since a mariner was drowned in the new basin,—which is near to the Church,—and his remains were interred within its precincts.
Aldrington was the " Portus Adurni of the Romans," and with reference to Portslade, the adjoining village, its derivation is from slade or way to the port,—as before stated.
NEWHAVEN
Is a small town, formerly inhabited chiefly by maritime people. Its Harbour is situate at the mouth of the river Ouse, having a quay on the east side of it, where ships may ride secure in foul weather; here are sometimes a good many vessels which bring coals, deals, and other merchandize for Lewes and neighbourhood, which lies about seven or eight miles up the river, and load from here with corn, timber, &c.
This town, formerly called Meeching, is an important place on our sea-coast, and nine miles to the east of Brighton,—the route thither being through the village of Rottingdean, which is about midway. It is built on the banks of the Ouse, and is close to the sea. Formerly ships of great burthen could harbour here, but owing to neglect of necessary repairs, the piles became rotten and decayed, and in consequence sand and beach encroached upon the harbour domain.
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