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to the mill-dam, and here some ancient brick stairs, covered with yellow stonecrop, lead down to gloomy underground rooms in the mill. The attic lighted by a foot-square " Duck window," still looks across to Little Lindens Farm, and the spot where Jack Cade was killed. Here we find the attic ladder which the children Dan and Una called the mainmast-tree out of the ballad of Sir Andrew Barton. May the old mill long remain so !
If the stream is followed to the bridge at Willingford, a lane leads up to the Wheel Inn, where the road to Burwash and Etchingham is gained.
From the Wheel Inn we retrace our steps to the village, passing Kipling's Lane which leads down to Batemans on the way.
The village of Burwash will be known to many through the Rev. J. Cocker Egerton's studies in the " Wealden formation of human nature." His stories of local astuteness are too good to pass over. In many of them we trace the same solid philosophy which John Collins, the forge master, uses so successfully in wriggling out of the hangman's rope in " Hal o' the Draft." Many people call this particular Sussex method of reasoning " stupidity," but the countryman often wins through in his slow way. The Burwash man, who,