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HORSHAM

Transcribed from the 1836 edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org

[Picture: View of Horsham, from Denne Hill]

THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF HORSHAM.

[Picture: Decorative divider]

By the Author of Juvenile Researches.

ILLUSTRATED BY WOOD ENGRAVINGS

AND LITHOGRAPHIC VIEWS.

LONDON.

1836.

[Picture: Coat of Arms]

TO THE RT. HON. GEORGE O’BRIEN WYNDHAM,

Earl of Egremont AND BARON COCKERMOUTH.

THE FOLLOWING PAGES

ARE BY HIS LORDSHIP’S PERMISSION

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

By his obliged servant Howard Dudley.

ILLUSTRATIONS

LITHOGRAPHIC.

View from Denne hill frontispiece Interior of the nave 9 Horsham Church 6 Map of Horsham 68

WOOD CUTS.

Town Hall 5 Horsham Church 7 The Chancel 8 Braose monument 11 Delves do. 14 Hoo monument 15 Brass figure 16 Arms of Foys 17 Marriott monument 19 Jamieson do. 24 Horsham gaol 27 Independent’s chapel 29 Wesleyan do. 30 British Schools 33 Collier’s do. 31 North Chapel 34 Chesworth House 35 Denne do. 38 Warnham Church 39 Caryll monument 40 Warnham Court 43 Field place 44 Nuthurst Church 53 Itchingfield do. 58 Farthing Bridge 60 Slinfold Church 62 Tregoz monument 63 Blount monument 64 Rusper nunnery Appendix Brass figure Do.

HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES, OF HORSHAM, AND ITS VICINITY

The ancient town and borough of Horsham, which has generally been past over in topographical accounts, as a place unworthy of notice; or lost in the dazzling descriptions, of the “modern maritime Babylon of Sussex,” must always remain a spot, dear to the lover of antiquities, and romantic scenery. The derivation of its name, has ever continued a matter of great perplexity; which perhaps may be considered as a very strong argument, in favour of the antiquity of the place. Some persons conjecture, that the appellation is derived from the two Saxon words, hurst, and ham, the first syllable signifying a wood, and the second a village or collection of houses: and this opinion seems to be supported by the known fact, that this part of the county, was formerly one entire tract of forest land: but again quite as good if not a superior derivation, may be taken from the two words, Horsa, and ham, that is the village of, or built by, Horsa.

Horsham has enjoyed the privilege of sending two members to Parliament, ever since the year 1295: by the passing of the reform bill, however, one representative was considered sufficient for the business of the borough. The names of the persons first elected for the town, were Walter Burgeys, and Walter Randolf: Robert Henry Hurst esq. is the present member.

The spring assizes for the county, had also long been held in the Town Hall of Horsham; but this privilege was selfishly abstracted from the town, by the inhabitants of Lewes; and even the county gaol, which has been stationed here, for time immemorial, is, we understand, to be removed to the all devouring eastern rival: the quarter sessions however, are still held here... Continue reading book >>




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