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NOTES TO SUSSEX.

place in 1530; and it still subsists. The present church is only part of the original Norm, structure. (D.B.) speaks of the castle, but incidentally, as being situated in the manor of "Wasingetune," that is Washington. The site of the castle may be traced, but the buildings have totally disappeared. In (Val. Eccl.) the hospital of St. Magdalen of Bramber is mentioned, and as being called Bidlyngton; "Hospitale Beate Magdalene de Bramber, vocatum Bidlyngton;" but its locality I find not.—The second volume of the Suss. Arch. Coll. contains (63 to 77) an account by the Rev. Edw. Turner of the discovery, A.D. 1839, of the remains of an ancient bridge here, which bridge, it appears sufficiently clear, was originally Roman, although reconstructed in times long subsequent. On the central pier was a chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, of which the last mention in old records is dated Christmas Day, 1473. See also the Note above on Beeding.

42. Brede.—Some stained glass still remains in the windows of the church. In the south chancel is an effigy in armour, 1537.—Brass: Rob. and Anne Oxenbridge, 1487, 1492. Brede Place was once a considerable mansion. "Armorial bearings of the Oxenbridge family, in painted glass, were formerly in the windows, one of them with the collateral quarterings. They are now in the church windows at Northiam." (Horsfield's Suss. I, 514, 515). A chapel was anciently attached to Brede Place.—A large iron foundry formerly existed here, which was discontinued about ((snaller|A.D.}} 1766. (Ut sup. 514.)

43. Brightling.—The church possesses some coloured glass. Brass: Small male and female figures. (Horsfield's Suss. I, 566, 567.)

44. Brighton.—A church of chancel, nave, north and south aisles, both very narrow, south chancel, south porch, and square low west tower with battlements. The building has been very much altered, even nearly or quite rebuilt. The exterior has diagonal buttresses, but the interior seems chiefly Perp. The remains of the rich roodloft screen are in that style. The font is curious on account of the carving round it, but has suffered from the craving after immortality of some former churchwardens .—At an early period a chantry, or free chapel, called St. Bartholomew's, was erected here by the monks of St. Pancras, Lewes, which is noticed in a document dating about A.D. 1200. The old townhall occupied the site, where many interments have been disturbed. A small brass figure also was dug up