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A Literary & Historical travel guide to the Sussex Coast

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THE water-gap through the Downs between the capital of Sussex and the sea, the lower valley of the Ouse, contains some forgotten villages which though in sight and hearing of the boat trains to New-haven are as lonely and primitive as almost any in the county. In them may sometimes be seen the old Sussex game of stoolball, whose wickets are boards nailed to the tops of poles and in which a whole village may join irrespective of age or sex. Just south of Lewes are extensive flats, of old a small inland sea, now grassy meadows over which the Ouse flows by a channel well to the east. Where the Downs slope down to the edge of the flats two miles south of Lewes is Iford, a little village shaded by elms with a fine holly hedge to protect the churchyard. The church is late Norman, and its low central tower stands on four arches, very massive, that facing the nave having shafts and a variety of zigzag, those north and south, it appears, were never more than arcades. The east wall is pierced by three little windows with a circular opening above,
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