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166                   THE SUSSEX COAST
has lancets above the springing of the vault. Three great lancets high up, the triforium string continued below them, let in the light of the rising sun.
The aisles have wide semi-circular arcading against their walls, and their arches pierced through the transept walls have dog-tooth in their outer mouldings. The exterior is very much plainer, and though each bay is vaulted separately there are but two flying buttresses aside, these are supported by most ample abutments and weighted by square pinnacles. There are several scratched crosses of varying design on the pillars of the north arcade.
Shoreham, like Bramber, was once noted for its corrupt politics and for the scandals of the so-called Christian club. In 1832 the Duke of Norfolk public spiritedly built the fine Suspension Bridge over the river. One tower is surmounted by a horse eating a sprig of oak, the other by a lion, statant, guardant, tail extended and pointing most impressively to the north ; these are two of the ducal crests. Though it is still private property, any one may cross on payment of appropriate tolls. It gives direct and rapid access to Worthing by an excellent road through the Bungalow Town south of Lancing that looks straight out to sea.
Among the principal industries of this district, or for that matter of Sussex as a whole, in bygone days was smuggling, an occupation as old as tariffs and much older than the name, which is derived from Tarifa, whence the Moors of Spain used to collect from those who navigated the Straits of Gibraltar the payments which they considered were their due. It is claimed that the smuggling vessels provided a much better nursery
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