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

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" 1713. Wee present the Ditch or Sewer ffrom the new pump to the Horse-pound in Pevensey to be out of repair soo that the ft*ootway is nott passable.
" 1713. Wee present John Kine for conveying the soyle of his dwelling into the High Street in Westham to the Great Annoyance of her Maties Commonweal.
" 1717. Wee present the High way leading ffrom the Crossways at the Gallows Croft to Stone Cross to be very much out of Repair and Unpassable.
" 1717. Wee present the inhabitantt of the pish of Westham ffor the non-repairing of their Causey, sub poena 6s. 8d.
" 1723. Wee present William Shoosmith for laying his Dung in the King's High street in Pevensey and that the same shall be removed this side the feast of St. James sub poena 6s. 8d.
The name Shoosmith, which is mentioned in these records, is not infrequently met with in East Sussex at the present time, and it will be recalled that the old man who comes to Hobden's oast-house in Kipling's " Dymchurch Flit," is called Tom Shoosmith.
The Corporation of Pevensey was of great antiquity; it took its beginnings in dim Saxon times, and was a full-fledged and probably hoary institution with Bailiff, Jurats and Freemen, when the Normans landed in the Bay. Its dissolution came about in 1886, but it had long been dying. The Municipal Commissioners of 1835 say: "The
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