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NOTES TO SUSSEX

date, and dedicated to St. Bartholomew, &c." (Monast. VI, 777.) This establishment is mentioned again under Rye.

199. Plumpton—Church consists of chancel, nave with south porch, and western tower with shingled spire. The building is wider than usual in proportion to its length. The chancel seems E.E. The nave and tower have been too much patched to admit of discerning their character. The font is perhaps Tr. Norm., square, on a large round stem, with small shafts at the angles. The south door may be Norm., or Tr. Norm. The west window and west door in the tower are Perp. insertions.—Plumpton Place is deserving of notice, but has been greatly altered, to render it a modern habitation. It has parts of different dates, but a close scrutiny is necessary to qualify for a detailed description. The house now contains some tapestry, which was removed thither from Halland House in the parish of Laughton.—Plumpton Place was once surrounded by a large moat, now partially filled up, over which was a drawbridge. The owner, Leonard Mascall, temp. K. Henry VIII, is traditionally said to have brought hither the first carp, which were introduced into England. (Horsfield's Suss. I, 230.) An approach to the house has been formed, instead of the old bridge, by filling up a very small portion of the moat, which is unaltered otherwise, and on the northern side of the mansion is a fine piece of water.

200. Poling.—The church is a small building, comprising chancel, nave, south aisle, modern south porch, and western tower. The piers and arches between the nave and aisle, perhaps also their outer walls, are Tr. Norm.; the remainder appears to be Perp. The passage to the roodloft from the east end of the aisle into the chancel is still open. Brass, half length: Walter Davy, vicar.—The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem had a commandery at Poling. The chapel is now converted into a dwelling-house, near the spot, where the annual fair is held. (Horsfield's Suss. II, 143.)

201. Portslade.—A church of chancel, nave, south aisle and porch, and western tower. The chancel is E.E., containing a piscina, and three sedilia under trefoiled arches and a string-course. The nave with the piers and arches is Tr. Norm.; but the aisle, which once had an addition at the east end, appears to be E.E.; the porch is very plain, and later. The tower is E.E., except the upper part, which is Perp., to which style the font also belongs. The floor of the nave is an inclined plane, rising eastward,