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nearly 500 tons, from Bengal and Madras, after a voyage of six inonths and five days. The Captain, two ladies, and a gentleman, died on their passage-and the command of the vessel devolved on the chief mate, Mr. Wingham, who married, a few years ago, at Hastings.
In the afternoon of yesterday fortnight, several tubs of spirits were seen floating in the water, directly in front of the sea houses, at Eastbourne.-A person, by the name of John Hide, a fisherman, living at the sea houses, secured a six quart cask, commonly called “Tuners," and was in the act of making off with it, but in turning a corner, near to the Anchor Hotel, he was called to by one of the men belonging to the Blockade, stationed at Eastbourne, who desired him to stop and surrender it to him. Hide immediately let the cask fall to the ground, and the whole of the contents was lost. Hide was, however, taken into custody, and kept in “durance vile” until the following day, when an examination of the case took place before J. H. Willard, Esq. at the Custom House of the above place. Two professional gentlemen attended on behalf of the prisoner. The prosecutor, however, swore positively to the fact-and to Hide, as being the person who had the tub in his possession. No evidence being produced to contradict it, the magistrate had no alternative but to convict, under the late Act of Parliament. The prisoner was, therefore, sentenced to five year's servitude on board one of his Majesty's .ships of war.
On Thursday, a horse in a break, in passing round the Old Steyne, ran violently against the back part of a gentleman's carriage, in consequence of which, his chest was so dreadfully lacerated by the spikes of it, that the animal bled to death.
The Lewes harriers have had some capital rnns, particularly on Monday and Wednesday last.—They meet at Newmarket Hill on Mondays, on Lewes Race Course, Wednesdays, and at North Ease on Fridays at ten o'clock.
Lord Crewe has lately reduced, not his tenants, but their rentals, in many instances, 50 per cent, and has cancelled leases, and granted others proportionate to the present prices of produce.
On Sunday se'nnight, the Marriage Act was read at St. Michael's Church, Lewes, instead of a Sermon ; during which the congregation exhibited strong symptoms of impatience.
Considerable improvements to this town are now in contemplation : among others, we have heard, that it is proposed to improve the ingress and egress to and from the market, by having a carriage-road direct into Black Lion-street. The removal of Russell-house, and an alteration in the line of road from the East-Cliff to the Marine-parade, are also on the tapis. This vigilant attention to the affairs of the town, on the part of the Commissioners, cannot be too highly approved of.
There was an explosion of gas in the shop of Mr. Allison, tobac
conist, (next to Lucombe's Library), on Monday evening last. It appeared that the gas had escaped from the pipe under the counter, and concentrated itself therein, and that while Mr. A. who was apprised of the circumstance by the disagreeable smell, was trying to discover the aperture with a lighted candle in his hand, the gas exploded with a loud report, inflicting some slight injury on Mr. A's face.
On Tuesday se'nnight, a smuggling boat, together with one hundred and four kegs of contraband spirits, were seized near Hove, by the preventive guard, and safely lodged in his Majesty's Custom house.
On Thursday, the bench of magistrates removed from the Old Ship, their usual place of meeting, to the New Inn, North-street, where, we learn, their Sittings will be continued.
Mr. John Field, and Mr. William Maiben, are appointed Highway surveyors for the ensuing twelve months.
Mr. Maynard has been elected Governor of our Poor-house.
Catling, our senior beadle, who had been suspended from office, on the complaint of Sir David Scott, has, at the request of the considerate Baronet, been again put on duty.
Preparations are making for the enlargement of our market, by incorporating with it, the entire site of the late poor-house a consummation devoutly to he wished.”
It is a fact, that between 900 and 1000 horses are employed by the different stage coaches alone, between this place and London. Contrasted with this circumstance, we may state, that an inhabitant is now living, who recollects when there was but one horse kept in the whole town of Brighton.
The local Catch and Glee Club had a good attendance at their last meeting a similar result, from the deserved fame it has acquired, may be looked for at the next.
At Lewes corn-market on Tuesday last, the prices were, white wheat £2. 2s. to £2. 4s. ; mixed ditto £1. 188. to £2.; old ditto £l. 8s.; Red £1. to £2.; oats £1. to £1. 28.
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(Continued from page 55). GENERAL 1
MARKET.-The general market of the town is centrally situated, between Black Lion-street and East-street, forming part of the place, called the Bartholomews, which took its name from the convent that was erected there in ancient times, and is immediately facing the late poor-house.
The market-house was built in 1734, but since which period it has undergone many improvements, and is, at this time, remarkable for its neatness, and the order in which it is kept.
The proceeds of this market, and its management, are vested in the Commissioners ; but, it is a curious fact, the local Act of Parliament does not allow them to aid the public finance of the town, by the collection of any toll on the sale of commodities brought thither; the revenue thereof being limited to the rents of the various stalls, which are let by the day, week, or year, as most convenient to the vendors, or as they and the Commissioners cán agree.
One compartment of this market is appropriated for the retail of fish ; another for butchers' meat, bacon, pork, butter, &c.; and the more open space, with covered stalls, for vegetables, fruit, &c.-in every requisite of which, perhaps, there is no market in the kingdom better supplied.
The principal market days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; though it is open and well furnished for business, every day in the week, Sunday excepted.
WORKHOUSE AND TOWN-HALL.- Immediately facing the market, to the west, is the late parish Workhouse, and Town-hall. In the latter, the local Magistracy formerly held their sittings, every Monday and Thursday, and more often when required; but which, in 1821, were removed to a more spacious apartment in the Old Ship tavern, and from thence to the New Inn.
The town-hall, from its confined dimensions, is by no means adequate to the purposes required of it, nor does it exhibit any
thing in its constructure worthy of notice—it is, in fact, nothing more nor less than a small mean-looking room; but as the Commissioners, by the last act of Parliament, possess the power of furnishing the town with a better, it is to be hoped that the time is not very distant, when such a desideratum will be obtained.
The workhouse was erected in 1733, upon the site of a chapel or chantry, attached to the convent of mendicant friars, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, and which was built by the prior of St. Pancras, at Lewes, who obtained a grant of the ground from the Lord of the Manor, subject to a quit-rent of three pence per annum. The convent, it appears, was occupied by its religious order of mendicants, until 1513, when the French are said to have made a descent on this part of the coast, and who pillaged and set fire to the town. The chapel, at this period, is understood to have been partially destroyed by the flames, and the northern part of the adjoining pile, to have totally escaped the conflagration ; the latter was fitted up as a Vicarage, though long after distinguished as the Prior's Lodge.
The poor in the workhouse are kept remarkably clean, and plenteously supplied with good wholesome food; such as are able to work have employments assigned to them by the local officers; and of such as are not, due care is taken.
There is no manufactory carried on here to give regular employment to the poor ; a circumstance now not much longer to be regretted, as a new workhouse has been erected on a healthy site, the church down, upon much enlarged dimensions, in which establishment manufactories will be included, and other advantages to the town, and its dependents.
VICARAGE-HOUSE.—Though the Vicarage-House still retains its original situation, yet that which was called the Prior'slodge, was pulled down in 1790, and the present building erected : in digging the foundation here, various human skeletons and disjointed bones were discovered ; and similar and more plentiful remains were found in laying the foundation of the workhouse ; the latter giving rise to the feasible conjecture, that the principal burial ground of the chantry had formerly been confined to that place; and near which cemetry, in 1771, a small brass figure was found, supposed to be a votive offering of some person who had escaped from the horrors of shipwreck.
THE CHURCH.--The parish church, which stands on the hill to the north-east of the town, about one hundred and Afty feet above the level of the sea at low water, is dedicated to St. Nicholas. It has a square tower containing a very good ring of eight bells, which were hung in the belfry there in 1777. The tenor weighs sixteen hundred weight, and is pitched in the key F. On the summit of the tower is a small spire, ornamented with a gilt vane in the form of an arrow. Upon this spire the British Aag is raised on all rejoicing occasions. From its elevated situation this, building is plainly discernible to a very great distance at sea, and serves as an excellent landmark.
By many, this church is supposed to have been built in the reign of Henry VII. and by others, long before that period, though the interior of the structure contains no positive marks of its existence antecedent to that date, the font excepted, which is regarded as a curious piece of antiquity, and an interesting specimen of ancient sculpture. It is of a circular form, and surrounded with basso-relievos, divided by columns into different compartments, and separately containing representations of scriptural or legendary subjects. The largest of these is evidently designed to represent the last supper, but with this singularity, that six of the apostles only partake of this repast. A tradition has existed, that this curious piece of workmanship was brought to England in the time of the Conqueror, from Normandy, but where it was first deposited in this country, no mention appears to have been made. Among various conjectures concerning it, that it is of Saxon origin, and was fabricated in this country, appears the most feasible; though an ingenious writer, in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1807, declares, “ That, after a careful examination, he considers all that has been said of it as a trick upon antiquaries; and from the freshness of the work, and modern initials, with the date 1745, on the plinth, he is led to conclude, that it was executed in that year.” But there are living proofs to establish the contrary of this, and afford sufficient testimony, that long before 1745, it underwent remarks not dissimilar to those of the present day, and with the strongest reasons to infer, that such had also been the case even centuries before.
Many alterations and additions have taken place, to render the church more commodious to the congregations of late years, though in its ornamental decorations or monuments, there is but little deserving of mention.
(To be continued.)
MOUNTAIN OF MISERIES A VISION.
By outward shew,
Alike in what it gives and what denies. Pope. It was a celebrated thought of Socrates, that if all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stock, in order to be equally