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A Literary & Historical travel guide to the Sussex Coast

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IT was not till a thousand years after the Roman defences of Pevensey had been constructed, not before the storms of more than three hundred winters had weathered the masonry of its Norman towers that there was built at Herstmonceux the most beautiful of our Sussex castles. The low hills that here roll down to the flats from the uplands of the Forest Ridge are not in themselves so beautiful as many another part of the county, but the magnificent colouring of the brickwork and the fair outline of the battlements among the trees of the park, com­bined with so many associations reaching to our own time, make this one of the most attractive and interesting spots in the whole of Sussex. Herstmonceux appears in Domesday as Herst, held of the Earl of Eu (p. 336) by Webert; in the
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