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THE SOUTH DOWNS                   221
attic gables. It was sold by the builder's son, and it passed to the fine old family of Campion when Henry, of Comb well in Kent, M.P. for East Grinstead, married Barbara Courthope. On the
stack-pipes appear their initials H C B with the date
1728. At or about this time the house was un­fortunately remodelled, the southern facade—the E points east—was furnished with pilasters and sash windows, the great hall, extending through all three stories, was classicised with a plaster ceiling, above which may still be seen the brackets and tie-beams and collars of the original timber roof, which had pendants and must have been a very striking work. The windows with their armorial glass are almost the only unaltered features of the hall.
Many ' old Sussex families had been for the Parliament, in fact of the fifty-nine Regicides seven were Sussex men, representing the families of Pelham, Stapley, Temple, Norton, Cawley, Goffe, and Downes. But the Campions had been stal­wart for the King and bore arms in his defence. The following correspondence between Sir William and the opposing Roundhead officer illustrates some of the best traits in our national character.
Wrote the Republican to Sir William Campion—
"I reed a message by my trumpet, whereby I understand you desire a rundlet of sack. Sir, I assure you there is none in this towne worth sending to soe gallant an enemy as yourselfe, but I have sent to London for a rundlet of the best that can be got, and so soone as it comes to my hands I shall present it to you. For the meantime, Col. Theed hath sent you a taste of the best that is
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