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and reverently placed under the chapel floor. The institution, having for some years been the pro­perty of the city, was in 1753 made the regular workhouse, an Act of Parliament being obtained.
The suburb of St. Pancras, outside the East Gate, contained at one period the chief needle industry of England, and at the time of Waller's siege almost every house in it was occupied by a needle-maker. It suffered severely in the fighting, the church was burnt and lay in ruin till 1751, when the present simple structure was erected. A record of 1725, preserved in Spershott's Memorials of Chichester, says, " there were many master needle-makers who kept journeymen and apprentices at work, but now are reduced to one." To com­memorate the glorious event of 1688 the citizens founded a sort of club called the Mayor and Corporation of St. Pancras ; it possesses a wooden mace inscribed, " Incorpor a.d. 1689." A con­temporary note-book of Thomas Osborne, of the Hornet, records " Wm, Compton, the cooper, calld and told me that James 2nd, the papistical, was cut and runnd to across the sea, and that the glorious Prince of Orange was marvelously recevd by all the nobility and gentry, and twas like a triumphal march all the way from Torbay unto Westminster." This seems accurately to represent the general opinion of the citizens.
Among other monuments by Flaxman * in the Cathedral is a striking bas-relief to the poet William Collins (1721-1759). Son of a Chichester hatter, Wykehamist and graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, who to a considerable extent interested Dr. Johnson, he gained during his short life a secure place in English literature. Sincerely * The epitaph by Hayley is given on p. 90.
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