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THE SUSSEX COAST
vase with a hound pursuing two hares among ferns and a Greek inscription. There were bronze implements, including a very perfect gouge ; there were gilt bronze brooches, some in the form of birds, others of crosses within circles ; one was inlaid with silver and set with garnets. Evidently the Saxons were beginning to appreciate the civilisation they had once despised, they may have had some commerce with the south of Europe; the north of England undoubtedly had, as is evidenced by the occasion of Gregory's bad puns.
These works of art are all preserved in Ferring Grange, a large modern house, just north of which is the little towerless church. In its southern wall is a tiny Norman window of very early date; the rest is largely Early English, the three lancets over the altar with marble shafts have been clumsily replaced with a window of Perpendicular character; the arcade of four arches with round pillars has been crudely buttressed by a fourteenth-century wall across the narrow aisle, which is pierced by an arch and indented by a little trefoil-headed stoup.
The short distance to Goring may be accom­plished by a wide field path, just south of which grows a fine avenue of ilex trees; an ancient cemetery in these parts, dating from early days of the Saxon settlement, yielded many skulls of the long type characteristic of Frisians, one of various indications that Sussex was not by any means settled exclusively by Saxons after the Roman days.
Goring was visited nearly three centuries ago by a gentleman of the name of John Taylor during a yachting tour, of which he published a poetical
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