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Strange Tales of Old Sussex: Famous Folk. Part 4

In the last in this series of Famous Folk, we are putting your knowledge to the test once more. Some of these are easier than others and sometimes the photos help (and sometimes they don’t!). So, can you answer the following:

1. A butcher by trade, and then a publican, he was the leader of one of the most infamous groups of Sussex smugglers.

Alfriston, East Sussex

2. A farmer at Glynde who devoted his life to developing the South Down breed of sheep.

3. A Lewes doctor who published a treatise on the virtues of sea bathing, thus giving rise to the resort of Brighthelmson.

4. Like the last candidate, he was also a doctor in Lewes, who devoted his life to the discovery of prehistoric remains, notably the Iguanodon.

5. An American novelist who settled and gave his name to Rye.

Rye, East Sussex

6. An engineer, with overall responsibility for the London to Brighton railway line, opened in 1841.

The Viaduct
The Viaduct

7. A clergyman associated with the “Oxford Movement”, from his base in Shoreham, he established a chain of schools to provide education for different levels of the middle classes three of which are in Sussex. He died at Henfield.

Ardingly College, West Sussex

8. Born near Brighton, in the Victorian era, he developed forms of church decoration especially stained glass of which there are examples all over Sussex. He later lived at Lindfield.

9. A medievalist and architectural historian who edited volumes of the Victorian County History and, for 50 years, the Sussex Archeological Collections.

10. A bookseller and publisher who lived in Surrey but devoted years, on a bicycle and with his daughter to compiling the first and enduring gazetteer of the Sussex iron industry in 1931.

Fletching, East Sussex

11. The lead member of a post-war comedy trio, he farmed in Fletching and regularly hunted with the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt.

12. A national hero, she lived for many years at Ditchling and in her last years established a charity for disadvantaged children.


Answers next week!

Contributed by Peter Benner

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