Sussex History


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This site came about as a sort of extension to one of my other sites,, which is dedicated to classic children's books and preserving some of the traditional values and ideals commonly extolled in them.
During my researches among old children's books I came across quite a lot of material about bygone Sussex, this being the county where I live(Crowborough, East Sussex), and I being a bit of a wistful nostagist and generally espoused to keeping alive old knowledge and traditions, I though it would be a good idea to put some of these old, mostly, Victorian books online.

What I will be making available are complete books, retaining as much as possible of the layout of the original. This, I feel, makes the site more useful as a reference library for researchers and students, and allows the book to be cited in your work. However, for the less academically inclined, it does mean you get the lot, boring bits as well.

What I add, leave out or change.

It is common among early book to have blank pages to facing (and sometimes following) full page illustrations or photos, there are also commonly several blank pages at the front and back of most books. I will always leave out such pages.
It is also common to begin chapters or sections with a page, blank except for with a couple of words making up the title or section heading, which is invariable also included on the real beginning chapter or section page. These I will also normally leave out.

In order to maintain original page sequence and thus allow book indexes to be used with my web version I commonly have to move the full page illustrations to the begriming or end of the book. Some authors are not very good at providing full indexes or pages of contents and in several cases I may add headings to the links to certain pages, these will normally be taken from the first major item on the page. I may also add my own descriptions or comments to indexes or links.

These fonts used in these books are many an diverse, and mostly could not be duplicated by the web browsing set-ups most are likely to use. As a compromise, and to keep a lightly old-fashioned feel I have used the font know as Bookman Old Style. If you system does not have this you system will most likely substiute the most common serif font, which is Times Roman. If you don't have Bookman and would like to use it see my support page for information on where you can download it.

Scanning , OCR accuracy & errors.

These web pages are produced by scanning and then using Optical Character Reading to produce the text. OCR is a notoriously imprecise process so you will find errors in this work. The most errors seem to occur in small caps headings, italics and punctuation. I try and manually correct the worst of these but you will still find things I have missed, I hope you do not find them too distracting.

Copyright and using texts from this site.

These books are, to the best of my knowledge, out of copyright in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. They may still be in copyright in other countries. The site as a whole is my own my own copyright work as is the conversion and indexing of the texts. However, the whole idea of this site is to make useful material available to those who can use it in their studies or research. Teachers, students and researchers should feel free to reproduce sections of text or graphics from the books and post them on your web site or whatever, all I ask is that you name this site as the source and if they are used on the web you provide a link to my site, the following is suggested:

<a href="" target="_blank">SUSSEX HISTORY</a> A reference library of online books for students, researchers and others interested the history of the county of Sussex in England.

You can cut and paste the above into your HTML code.

I would also welcome feedback if you have found items of use on this site and how you have used them, and what other materials you would like to see include .

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