KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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Chapter III
WINCHELSEA
On entering the decayed but interesting old town of Winchelsea, the first thing that strikes the stranger is the regular, geometrical plan on which the place is laid out. The streets are broad ; the houses are built in blocks or squares. John Wesley, who preached his last open-air sermon under an ash tree in the churchyard here, de­scribes it as " beautifully situated on the top of a steep hill, and regularly built in broad streets, crossing each other, and encompassing a very large square, in the midst of which was a large church, now in ruins " ; while in Evelyn's Diary, under the date of 1652, is the following record: " I walked over (from Rye) to survey the ruins of Winchelsea, that ancient Cinque Port, which, by the remains of ruins, and ancient streets, and public structures, discovers it to have been formerly a considerable and large city. There are to be seen vast caves and vaults, walls and towers, ruins of monasteries, and a sumptuous
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