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à Becket, and the learned John Selden, who was born in the hamlet of Salvington. That Thomas à Becket introduced the celebrated fig-trees of the district round, and for which West Tarring is so notorious, is as good a tradition as any other. The old Parsonage House still bears the name of Thomas à Becket's Palace,—and in disturbed times, and when Lambeth was unsafe, it might have been a convenient hiding-place,—but there can be little doubt but that in later days it was the residence of the monks, six of whom, I suspect, were attached to the chantry of the Virgin.—The population of the parish (almost all poor), including the chapelries of Heene and Durrington, is rather over a thousand, -lying wide apart. The sum wanted is 17001., of which 14001. is raised.”
It is necessary to state that the whole of what follows, some few intercalatory sentences and corrections of errors excepted, was written many years ago. The original work comprehends the history of all the parishes in this neighbourhood,—details which were intended to enliven heavier matter,—together with an account of the old Episcopal residence- Amberley Castle. Halfa-dozen drawings relative to these parishes are likewise in hand, that is to say, of West Tarring Church, of the old Palace of Thomas à Becket, of Selden's Cottage, of Durrington and Heene Chapels, and of Patching ; but it was judged unadvisable to add to the expenses of the Work. If a second edition should be called for, and the lovers of our old Churches should come over and help us in our time of need, these drawings can be prepared for that, and made available for the purchasers of the first. The Introduction to the original work is retained as best showing the scope
and intent of it, and the Author sees no reason to modify any of the opinions contained in it. The Life of Becket, it should be observed, was printed in the last number of the
“ English Review.” The curious “ Monomachia" of Richardus Brunæus did not fall into my hands till many years after that life was written. As it is a rare book I subjoin the title. Thomce Cantuarensis et Henrici II. illustris Anglorum Regis Monomachia, de Libertate Ecclesiastica cum subjuncto ejusdem argumenti Dialogo. Utrumque publicabat RICHARDUS BRUNÆUS. Coloniæ Agrippinæ. Anno M.DC.XXVI.” Lowndes, in his
, Bibliographer's Manual,” says there is a copy in the British Museum. Mine was picked up from a Catalogue of T. Thorpe’s.
In speaking of the old Brewhouse, Brasinium, or Brase-nose of West Tarring, I forgot to state that an old QUERN was found there about Christmas 1828, an engraving of which is inserted amongst the additions and corrections of Cartwright's “ History of the Rape of Bramber," who calls it " a double mortar of fine
a grit-stone.” I am not aware what has now become of it. It was in the possession of the late Frederick Dixon, Esq., of Worthing, and I drew out for him a hasty sketch of the use to which QUERNS were formerly applied. I suspect the old one found here was turned by a handle like a grindstone. The word, however, was applied more generally, as for example in “ Browne's Britannia's Pastorals,” Book ii., Song i.:
" Wherein a miller's knave
The only other quern I recollect to have seen was in Perthshire, in the summer of 1826, if I remember right, and in the neighbourhood of Dalguise.
As to the opinions expressed in this little work they are my own, and must be dealt with as such ; but as regards the errors, I entreat the Reader to deal with them lightly, and, if he can, to encourage the sale of the Book amongst his friends and neighbours, it being altogether a labour of love and a work of charity. And in this respect, at least, that saying of the ever-memorable Mr. John Hales, of Eaton, is to the point : “ He that knows how to do well himself, will most willingly approve what is well done by another."