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CHAP.
BEER

the churchwardens' papers contain an account for beer in connection with the enterprise:

£  s.  d.
For beer to the ringers when the Bell founder was here 2 6
When the bell was weighed 3 6
When the bell was loaded 2 0
In carrying ye bell to Lewes and back again 1 10 0
When the bell was waid and hung up 3 0
For beer to the officers and several others a hanging up ye bell 18 0
In beer to the ringers when ye bell was hung 6 6

The Withyham churchwardens also expended 3s. 6d. on beer when Waylett came to spread thirst abroad. I find also among the entries from the parish account-book, which Mr. Sutton, the vicar, prints in his Historical Notes on Withyham, a very interesting and informing book, the following items:

s. d.
1711. April ye 20, pd. to Goody Sweatman for Beere had at ye Books making 2 6
Aug. ye 19, pd. to Edward Groombridge for digging a grave and Ringing ye Nell for Goody Hammond 2 6
Aug. ye 26, pd. to Sweatman for beere at ye Writing of Boocks for ye window-tax 2 0
Aug. 15th, Pd. to Sweatman for beer at ye chusing of surveyor Decbr ye 5 0
1714. Pd. to good wife Sweatman for beer when ye bells were put to be cast 2 6

Buckhurst, one of the seats of Lord De la Warr, is a splendid domain, with the most perfect golf greens I ever saw, but no deer, all of them having been exiled a few years since. The previous home of the Sackvilles was Old Buckhurst in the valley to the west, of which only the husk