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An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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Chapter V
There are several old houses at Hooe, about four miles north-west of Bexhill, which are worth examination. There is a fine old fireplace at Eaton's Farm which bears the date 1672, and Court Lodge, which was built in 1637, is a handsome old house, and once the residence of the Fullers, a family mentioned in Kipling's " Gloriana." Many generations of this family of forge-masters are buried in Hooe churchyard. On account of the awful earthquake at Lisbon, which even affected the sea round the Sussex coast, a general fast was appointed for Friday, February 6th, 1756, and Nathanael Torriano, M.D., Minister of Hooe and Ninfield, preached two sermons which were printed, secured much notice, and obtained a large circulation. Copies of them are in the British Museum. His congregation on the Thursday evening must have been more sleepy than usual, for he said : "Do not prostitute this house of prayer by changing it into a dormitory." The vestry of Hooe Church is said to have been
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