KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

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

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turesque feature of the village, but it has grue­some associations. In the early Middle Ages Pevensey possessed the privilege, in common with other members of the Cinque Ports, of drowning prisoners condemned of capital offences, and here, on what was then the bridge, the sentence was carried out. Nothing more serious takes place now than sheep-washing, an annual spring function. The water below the bridge is locally known as Salt Haven, that above the bridge, the Broad Haven.
Since on this ramble the reader might have dropped into Westham Church, which is about half a mile west of Pevensey, and is one of the most delightful old shrines in Sussex, this seems the place to speak of it. An excellent little penny history by the Vicar is to be obtained at the church, and it is full of plain, faithful records. Notice a stone stoup or vessel cut in the masonry outside the west door. The use of this was for holding holy water, into which people might dip their finger when coming into church. In the old times this stoup was at the height of a man's hand, but now it will be noticed that the ground has risen at least two feet, so that one has to bend down to touch it. Probably in the old days there was a wooden porch erected outside this w est
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