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which can only be explained by supposing that they allude to the underground secret places of smuggling days. The little church, on a small hill sloping steeply to the river, is remarkable from the fact that it has a round tower which ends with a short conical cap. Only three such towers exist in Sussex, all in the valley of the Ouse ; the others being St. Michael's at Lewes, and the Southease Parish Church, three miles north from Newhaven.
A mile north of Southease lies the village of Rodmell, whose church has a Norman baptistry and font; a Norman hagioscope with central carved column of black basaltic marble ; a quarry of ancient glass, a Trinita ; in its vestry window, a noticeable massive pier between nave and south aisle, and a remnant of a carved wooden screen at the east end of the latter.
On the walls of the parlour of the village inn are some warnings and precepts which will attract the eye of the tourist:
" Free to sit and free to think, Free to pay for what you drink, Free to stop an hour or so, When uneasy, free to go ! "
" Use no language in this room that you would scorn to use at home,"