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NOTES TO SUSSEX.

size, as if the consequence of there not being space to complete the last-worked like the others. St. Anne's church has recently been thoroughly repaired and refitted, generally very judiciously, and with excellent effect as to appearance, especially in the interior.—Of All Saints' church the nave was rebuilt in 1807, in very bad taste.—The church of St. Michael possesses one of the three round towers in this county, but the nave is late Perp., the wall adjoining the street being a good specimen of cut flintwork. Brasses: John Braydforde, rector, 1457; another mutilated, supposed for one of the Warren family. (For an account of the exhumation of a body, perhaps that of John Braydforde, see Horsfield's Suss. I, 210.)

In Horsfield (Lewes, I, 259) it is affirmed, that, "Lewes was anciently divided into eleven parishes," the titles of the churches and their sites being subsequently described.—(N.R.) notices the churches of St. Peter Westout, St. Mary Westout, and St. John sub castro. In(Val.Eccl.) we find named St. Mary, St. Andrew, St. Peter Westout, St. Mary Westout, St. John sub castro, and St. John Baptist Southover. It is remarkable, that, so late as in the first half of the sixteenth century, the designations should vary so much from those of the present day.—In a remote part of the parish of St. John sub castro, entirely severed from the remainder, and lying under the South Downs, is the manor of Allington, formerly very extensive. Belonging to this manor, at a short distance from the court-house, at a place called Beechwood, is "Chapel Barn," once, as the name intimates, the site of a chapel. The present building is modern, but its predecessor retained marks of its original destination. Upon Allington Farm there is also a "Chapel Field," wherein traces yet remain of the structure, from whence the name arose. It will be seen below, that Allington chapel was noticed toward the conclusion of the twelfth century. This may very possibly, as suggested by my informant, have been identical with the last of the two above mentioned, and dependent upon the mother church of St. John; while the other at Beechwood was the private chapel of the manor-house, or of some other mansion. The chapel at Waningore, alluded to in the Note on Chailey, also stood in the immediate neighbourhood, making three within a distance, not exceeding a mile and a half between the extreme points.—Beside the Priory of St. Pancras, which is mentioned under Southover, in which parish it was situated, Lewes contained also