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recompence for which settlement the King assigned him the Castles of Coningsburgh and Ferndale, and Manors of Wakefield, Halifax, &c, in Yorkshire. He enjoyed the whole for his life, and at his death, which happened in 21 of Edward III., all reverted to the Crown, with the exception of some few which, by the consent of King Edward, had been re-granted to him, with remainder to his natural son by Maud de Nereford, John de Warrenne, and his heirs male, &c. We find that this Manor continued for a time in possession of the Crown; but in 42 of Edward III. it is recorded that Michael Lord Poynings died possessed of it; it then returned to the Crown, and was given to Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, who forfeited it for being guilty of treason. Eichard II., on account of great services by Thomas de Mowbray, Earl of Nottingham, bestowed it upon him, likewise other large estates, and soon after created him Duke of Norfolk. During the period that the Manor was possessed by the Poynings family, an effort was made by them to build a new town at the eastern portion of the parish of Seaford, the said town to extend over several acres, and although traces of buildings are to be found, no authentic record is in existence of the same, but in the neighbourhood it is still called Poyning's Town. The town not only suffered from the French in former times, but was visited by the great plague in 1348, called by many " the black death," which considerably decimated the number of its inhabitants. King John with his suite slept in this place on the 23rd of May, 1216, and afterwards at Lewes.
Seaford is the last of the Cinque Ports of Sussex, eighth on the rolls of the ancient guild or fraternity, although not coming within that designation, being merely a member of Hastings, yet possesses all the privileges and immunities enjoyed by Rye, Winchelsea, and others in the county, but is subject to certain conditions,—it appearing, from records in the Exchequer, that Hastings with its members,
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