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PEVENSEY                             305
Bray, who held three acres, ljd. (and others larger or smaller sums) to send Henry VIII. " for the voyage of the Lord King beyond the sea to the town of Calise and elsewhere" to figure at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
From the Pevensey Hundred Book, beginning in 1698, we learn about presentments made by the Grand Jury.
" 1699. Wee present Richard Joans and John Wickason for Lying about at their own Hands and taking away of poor men's worke.
" 1711. Wee present William Albury for keeping a Gray hound and for destroying Coney's and other Gentlemen's game . . . ffine 8s. 8d."
From the Corporation Accounts we learn that " one third pt. of the Charges and Expenses when the Chief Inhabitants met to proclaim his Royall Maties King George 2nd," came to 01 05 00. This seems high, but perhaps it was a very hot day. Four-pence laid out about 1730 " for crying notices that the Street Walkers should agree with the Bayliffe " seems much more reasonable.
The church itself is a beautiful Early English structure, erected at slightly different times towards the middle of the thirteenth century, except for an arch on each side of the west end of the chancel which are about half a century earlier. It consists of nave and aisles of five bays and a very long chancel, not in line, with a rebuilt chapel on the north, while the tower rises over the east end of the north aisle of the nave. A corbel of one of the tower arches is curious in displaying the frayed and twisted end of a rope carved in stone. The nave pillars are octagonal and clustered in turn, and over them are lancets in the clearstory. The chancel is slightly earlier than the nave, its
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