Page:Notes on the churches in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey.djvu/294

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NOTES TO SUSSEX.

122. Heighton.—The "Hoghton note, Eggeton," in the deanery of Pevensey, (of A.D. 1291) is presumed to signify Heighten.—"The church, dedicated to St. Martin, was damaged by lightning in 1769; and though 150 was estimated to be a sufficient sum to put it again into a condition for use, the parishioners preferred it in a state of ruin. It is now nearly gone," &c. (Quite so in 1845.) "The inside of the church and the cemetery are now used as a garden" (by the parish-clerk) "while the font is appropriated to the use of a water-trough in a neighbouring farm-yard." South Heighten was united with Tarring Nevill about 1640 under Tarring it is said, in 1660. (Horsfield's Suss. I, 274.) When visited in June, 1849, the site of the church was indeed known, and some portions of the walls were visible, but the spot was no longer a garden, being totally unprotected by any fence, and overgrown with grass. It should be observed, that the church was very small, and another within a very short distance.

123. Hellingly.—Near the church stands "an old timber-built and moated mansion, the manor-house of Horselunges. The kitchen and three of the up-stair apartments have their windows ornamented with coats of arms, in stained glass." (Horsfield's Suss. I, 318, 319.)

124. Henfield.—A charter of Osmund of Sussex, dated A.D. 770, mentions the church of St. Peter at Hanefeld. "Aliquantulam terram ad aecclesiam beati Petri apostoli, quae ibi sita est, in loco qui dicitur Hanefeld." (Cod. Dipl. V, 50.) Although other proof as to the locality is wanting, the connection of the grantor with the county, and the similarity of the names intimate, that Henfield must be the place intended; in which case we have evidence, that a church existed here within the third quarter of the eighth century. One of the signatures to the charter is that of "Berhtwald dux," the same individual, we may justly imagine, who, A.D. 792, conferred his manor of Rotherfield upon the abbey of St. Denis, near Paris. Compare the Note on Rotherfield.

125. Heyshott.—In (A.D. 1291) spelled "Hethsshytt," and annexed to Stedham, (as it is in the Nonæ Roll as well as in Val. Eccl.) being still in the same position. In the (Nonæ Roll) the singular noun Ecclesia is not conclusive against the existence of two churches.

126. Hoathly, East.—(A.D. 1291) "Ecclia de Hegleghe—note, Odkelegh" is marked as designating this place. "Ecclesia