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THE SUSSEX COAST
entirely gone over the edge. The curtain wall west of the highest ground is mostly of the earlier, that to the east of the later date. Both are of rubble, the former has herring-bone in parts. For most of its extent the western curtain formed the north wall of the Collegiate Church of St. Mary in the Castle, founded by Count Robert of Eu for a dean and prebendaries, of which latter there were at one time ten. It is an extremely interesting specimen of ecclesiastical and military architecture combined. It consists of western narthex, its front flanked by two great towers, one of which forms a bastion to the curtain and contains a postern-gate, of broad nave with a cloister along the south side, of central tower with a small transept chapel south and a large turret with stair forming another bastion north, and of quire with chapter-house forming a projection outside the curtain on the north. Just east of the chapter-house were guard-rooms by the north gate, which, rebuilt of old materials, are still used for their original purpose, except that threepence instead of a pass-word is now asked of all who would enter. Neither quire nor narthex have the same axis as the nave, the former bending to the south and the latter to the north. The chapter-heading shows the stair turret on the north and the ruined transept chapel on the south, while between them is the western tower arch, through which appears the north wall of the nave (coin­ciding with the curtain), and over it a little to the left the north-west tower of the narthex. The nave had its west part divided by an arch; there are remains of a mural arcade on the north, it is wide enough to have a door with square lintel on each side of the quire arch The stairway winds
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