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A Literary & Historical travel guide to the Sussex Coast

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THE capital of Sussex is magnificently situ­ated where the Ouse enters its water-gap, the Downs rise all around, appearing to wall in the site, and give Lewes much of the character of a mountain-girdled town. Where once were tidal flats bearing vessels from the sea, green meadows spread to-day both north and south of a chalk ridge that slopes upward from the river toward the West; on its lower part is the site of the old camp and higher up the Castle. Over its southern side spreads the greater part of the town. Northward and westward one steps from the streets on to the soft turf of the Downs, which slope up thence to Mount Harry, where the battle was fought, while southward is a rapid descent to the meadows where once the Priory stood. While as a rule the fronts of the old houses face the streets, their backs open into delightful gardens, where old-
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