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From the Devil's Dyke the whole Weald of Sussex, adjoining parts of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent, may be viewed, and the prospects are picturesque and beautiful. On a clear day the scene is truly romantic at this most salubrious spot. Thousands court the Dyke for its scenery, and it is known far and wide as one of the sights of Sussex. The old Dyke House, of which Mr Thacker has been "mine host" for so many years, has recently been re-built, and under his admirable supervision the creature comforts for which it is famed are dispensed with all their known good qualities. In the hunting season the Dyke is a favourite meet of the Brighton Harriers, at which there is a large muster of lovers of the chase, and Host Thacker drives a busy trade.
It is supposed that the Dyke, in early ages, was the scene of a Roman encampment; and it is conjectured that it belonged to the last of the Roman Emperors, from the discovery in the neighbourhood of an urn filled with coins which were current at the period.
The lands in the neighbourhood belong to the Crown. It may not be out of place to mention that the revenue arising from Crown Lands in England is now nearly all subject to Parliament, which provides for the support of the Sovereign and Government. The annual income from these Lands is about £284,500. The revenues from the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster belong to the Prince of Wales, and accumulate during his minority. Henry VII. resumed those which had been given to their followers by the Sovereigns of the House of York. The hereditary estates of the Crown were largely bestowed on their courtiers by Sovereigns, especially by the Stuarts.
In the bottom, almost immediately beneath the hill, is the pleasant village of Poynings,—and horsemen frequently select it in their journey homeward, it being situate on a high road leading to Brighton. Poynings, and its neighbour Fulking, are favourite resorts for the
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