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An illustrated appreciation, of the most interesting districts in Sussex.

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On the Ouse above Lewes.
The Museum of Sussex—The riches of Lewes—Her leisure and antiquity —A plea from Idlehurst—Old Lewes disabilities—The Norman Conquest —Lewes Castle—Sussex curiosities—Lewes among her hills—The Battle of Lewes—The Cluniac Priory—Repellers of the French—A comprehender of Earthquakes—The author of The Rights of Man—A game of bowls— "Clio" Rickman and Thomas Tipper—Famous Lewes men—The Fifth of November—The Sussex martyrs.
Apart from the circumstance that the curiosities collected by the county's Archaeological Society are preserved in the castle, Lewes is the museum of Sussex; for she has managed to compress into small compass more objects of antiquarian interest than any town I know. Chichester, which is com­pact enough, sprawls by comparison.
The traveller arriving by train no sooner alights from his carriage than he is on the site of the kitchens of the Cluniac Priory of St. Pancras, some of the walls of which almost scrape the train on its way to Brighton. That a priory eight hundred years old must be disturbed before a railway station can be
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