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      PREFACE  
             
    To very many people the study of the past seems to be a valley of dry bones which they are more than content to leave unexplored. Indeed, it is said to be one of the peculiarities of the average Englishman that he knows little or nothing of the history of his own town or village, or even of his own country, although it is the most interesting in the world.
             
To all those my Fellow-townsmen who fared forth to the Greatest War known to History.   " To keep the past alive for us is the pious duty of the historian." So says a well-known writer, and in so far as this small corner of England is concerned, my aim has been to clothe again the dry bones of history with life.
   
And to the memory of those Gallant Heroes who fell, nobly fighting in the Cause of Freedom and justice, this Story of Shoreham is dedicated.  
           
  Recent researches at the Record Office and elsewhere have added not a little to our knowledge of the earlier history of this ancient Sussex sea-port. The Patent Rolls, Close Rolls and Assize Rolls have been carefully examined and Shoreham cases copied from them.
   
             
    The Assize Rolls for the reigns of Henry III. and the first three Edwards contain many references to our subject, but are, on the whole, somewhat disappointing. Most of them relate to disseisin of lands, but beyond the names of the parties concerned in the disputes and that the property was in Old or New Shorehamas the case may have been-we learn nothing of its precise situation.   To give all such cases in detail would mean a monotonous repetition which it is well to avoid, and therefore, they have been used somewhat sparingly.   On the other hand full use has been made of those cases dealing with the privilege of Sanctuary, and those of assault and robbery, which are of considerable interest.
             
    Extracts will be found from Wills at Somerset House, the State Papers and other sources of historical information preserved at the Record Office, the British Museum and elsewhere.
             
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