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198                    THE SUSSEX COAST
Herbert Spencer, Edmund Yates, or Sir James Knowles, have made the place at any rate one of their homes, and have contributed to the pros­perity of the town. Among native Brightonian writers a very interesting figure is George Fleming Richardson (1796 P-1848), who, entirely self-educated, contrived to qualify himself for geological work at the British Museum. His poetry has hardly received the recognition that it seems to deserve.
" The Nautilus and the Ammonite
Were launch'd in storm and strife, Each sent to float, in its tiny boat, On the wide wild sea of life.
And each could swim on the Ocean's brim,
And anon its sails could furl, And sink to sleep, in the great sea-deep,
In a palace all of pearl."
Though separately incorporated and possessing a fine Town Hall of its own, built of terra-cotta and bricks from Sussex potteries at Keymer, Hove shares most of the traditions of Brighton; indeed, in possessing the County Cricket Ground, where C. B. Fry and the present Jam of Navanagar (K. S. Ranjitsinghi) did so much to raise Sussex in the national game, it contains for many the most interesting spot in the two towns. There are two beautiful Parks, one on the Downs in the direction of Blatchington, the other the old St. Anne's Well Gardens, where trees flourish luxuriantly on a small extent of clay which overlies the chalk. The old parish church has hopelessly spoilt arcades dating from a century after the Conquest; the new one is a superb building designed by Pearson in the
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