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  THE STORY OF SHOREHAM                   OLD SHOREHAM    
                                           
King John gave it to his second son, Richard, Earl of Cornwall, who as King of the Romans, many years later, cut such a sorry figure at the Battle of Lewes when de Montfort's soldiers dragged him forth white with flour from the windmill where he had taken refuge.   at Michaelmas 12d. for all services. The total value of all the tenements was stated to be £10 18s. 7d. and they " (the jurors) say that Edward, King of England, is next heir of Edmund, Earl. of Cornwall, and is of full age."
    King Edward ordered that the yearly rents from certain
Richard's son, Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, also held the manor. He died 1st October, 1300, and leaving no issue, the Earldom of Cornwall became extinct. His widow, Margaret, daughter of Richard de Clare, 8th Earl of Clare and 7th of Gloucester, survived him.                  
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Shortly after his death an Inquisition was taken at "Schorham " before Walter de Gloucester, the King's Escheator, concerning the lands and tenements " whereof Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, died seised in his demesne as of fee in county Sussex." The jurors said on oath that the said Edmund held 14 virgates of land in Old Schorham " belonging to his castle of Berkhampstead " by what service was unknown to the jurors.   The land was in the hands of 35 bondmen and rendered yearly £8 6s. 7d.   There was a windmill for which they paid their lord 50s. a year. Master Thomas de Ambberbye held of the Earl in Old Shoreham ore messuage and one carucate of land and rendered therefore        
                 
  tenements in Old Shoreham should be delivered to Margaret, Countess of Cornwall, as part of her dower ; but in the year 1318 " lands in Old Shoreham which the King lately assigned to Margaret " were to be delivered to Hugh de Audele, whom she ,had married
    Richard de Abberbury held in fee the Manor of Old Shoreharn.
                                           
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