SEAFORD AND CUCKMERE VALLEY 137
In 1058 a Flemish vessel was driven ashore near Seaford. On board of her was one Balgerus, a monk of St. Winocs-Bergue, who is described as " fidelis fur et latro bonus." It would almost seem that he came to justify these appellations, for he stole from the neighbouring monastery of St. Andrew certain relics alleged to have belonged to St. Lewinna, an early British convert belonging to Sussex, martyred by the pagan Saxons. Nothing is known as to the whereabouts of this monastery, but possibly it was at Lewes, and possibly also Lewinna gave her name to, or received it from Lewes (Suss. Arch. Coll. i. 46). But Lower thinks that for " monastery " we must read " church," and that the narrative applies to St. Andrew's Church, Alfriston.
The parish register dates from " firste year of Her Moste Gracious Reygne that now is " (1558). It has a hiatus from 1563 to 1566. In 1591 there is only one entry, but the register appears to be well kept after that date. Under 1653 the following entry of considerable interest occurs :
" Mem. John Saxby, clerk, minister of the town and port of Seaford, was chosen parish register by the consent of the parish and sworn before the justices and jurats of the said town."
It contains also the registration of the burial,