SOME INTERESTING SNIPPETS OF LOCAL HISTORY







‘Church marks’  appear in a number of  churches, notably in Wealden.  These can be found in Berwick, Chiddingly, Herstmonceux, Lindfield, Rusper and Horsted Keynes.  These ‘marks’ are thought to go back to Saxon times .  Farms & families in each parish were allotted a length of wall/fence in the churchyard and they were responsible for the upkeep of their portion of the boundary;   these varied in length so maybe a type of assessment was made at the time.  The system lasted for centuries.


An inscription in Poling church porch reads -

The world is a round thing,

And full of crooked streets.

Death is a market-place

Where all men meets.

If life was a thing

That money could buy,

The rich would live

And the poor would dye.


In 1450 the men of Kent & Sussex mounted a protest against the extortion practised by the feudal barons, especially Lord Saye.  A leader emerged who was simply called ‘Captain Kent’.  He drew around him men of Kent & Sussex, especially from mid-Sussex villages such as Maresfield, Fletching and West Hoathly.  This small army of brave men begand the long march to London but on the way heard the kind had refused to consider their demands until they had returned to their homes.  This they refused to do and even routed a party of king’s men on the way.  On 2nd July Captain of Kent dressed in scarlet and riding a white horse, rode into London at the head of his men.  The Captain was later identified as Jack Cade.  This hero of the people was captured and killed at Heathfield.

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