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    THE STORY OF SHOREHAM         ANTHONY STAPLE Y    
                           
1 S James I.   1620-1 Sir John Morley, Knt. Sir John Leedes, Knt.   During the Civil War, Jones took refuge with the Marquis of Winchester in Basing House. He was there during the siege which lasted from August, 1643 until 14th October, 1645, when Cromwell took the place by storm and the inhabitants were made prisoners. Jones' estate was sequestrated, but on payment of a fine he recovered it. He died unmarried 21st June, 1652, and was buried by the side of his father and mother in the Church. of St. Benet.   His monument, for the erection of which he left £100, was carved with reliefs of St. Paul's Cathedral and the church in Covent Garden.   It was injured in the Great Fire and destroyed when the church was rebuilt by Wren. Large collections of his drawings are at Worcester College, Oxford, and at Chatsworth.
             
Sir John Leedes, of Wappingthorne. Eldest son of Thomas Leedes (born 1506, and created Knight of the Bath, 25th July, 1603) by his wife, Mary, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Monson, of North Melford, Yorks.  
Sir John was knighted 8th January, 1610-31. He married Bridget, daughter of Thomas Monson, of Burton, Lincolnshire. On his election as Member for Shoreham, he sat in the House for a week but without taking the oath, and this being found out he was adjudged incapable of sitting during that Parliament and a new writ was issued. He had sat in previous Parliaments so could not profess ignorance. His friends pleaded in his excuse that it was negligence and not presumption, but he was censured and discharged. Not being a very wise man we find him in the same year committed to custody for " idle words " or, as another account has it, " for prattling " and expressing discontent with the King and Government.   (Sussex Archaeological Collections. Vol. 54). Sir John Leedes died in 1656 and his will was proved in 1658.   His son Thomas who was M.P. for Steyning in 1640, was slain near Oxford, in 1645.  
               
  21 James 1.   1623-4 Anthony Stapley,Esq. William Marlott, Eso.
    1 Charles I.   1625   „  
               
  Anthony Stapley (1590-1655) Regicide. Baptised at Framfield, 30th August, 1590. Son of Anthony Stapley, of Framfield, Sussex, by his third wife, Ann, daughter of John Thatcher, of Priesthawes, Sussex. The Stapley family removed about 1615 from Framfield to Patcham. Anthony represented the Borough of New Shoreham in two Parliaments, 21 Jac. I., 1623-4 and 1 Chas. I., 1625; and Lewes, 1628 (elected 26th February,. 1627-8) having unseated Sir George Rivers on petition. Returned, both for Lewes and the County in the short Parliament of 1639-40, but sat for the County and represented it in the Parliaments of 1653 and 1654. In January, 1639-40, Staple-, was reported to Dr. William Bray, Archbishop Laud's chaplain,. as causing trouble to the Church by his Puritan leanings. On the outbreak of the Civil War he received a Colonel's Commission in the Parliamentary Army and was present at the siege of Chichester, December, 1642, with Sir William Waller. He was left as Governor of the town and garrison when Waller moved on to the siege of Arundel. Took the Covenant, 22nd September, 1643. At the beginning of 1644 took exception to the quartering in the town of some of Waller's horse ; the dispute was referred to the Committee of the House of Commons and finally to the Committee of both Kingdoms, 22nd February. He was ordered by both bodies to obey Waller's commands. While detained in London he was exonerated from all blame in case of disaster occurring at Chichester during his absence. He resumed command of the town and garrison at the termination of the proceedings,
             
16 Feb.   1620-1.   Inigo Jones, Esq. (vice Sir John Leedes, expelled from the House).  
  Inigo Jones a celebrated architect. Son of Inigo Jones, a clothworker of London. Born 15th July, 1573. In his ,youth. travelled on the Continent. Designed shifting scenery, machines and dresses for many masques which were performed at Court. Surveyor of Works to Henry, Prince of Wales (eldest son of James I.), 1610-1612.   In Italy, 1613-1615, and purchased works of art for the Earl of Arundel, the Earl of Pembroke and Lord Danvers. Surveyor-General of `forks 1615. Designed the Queen's House at Greenwich (1617-35), Lincoln's Inn Chapel (1617-23) Rest side of Lincoln's Inn Fields. The Banqueting House at Whitehall, begun in 1619 and completed in 1622 at a cost of £15,653 3s. 3d. and still standing, was intended by Jones to form part of an immense Palace, which was to take the place of Old Whitehall, but was never completed. It was from one of the windows of this Banqueting House that Charles I. stepped out on to the scaffold for execution in January, 1648-9. As Surveyor, Jones directed extensive repairs to Old St. Paul's Cathedral (see also a reference to a Shoreham ship which he chartered for the conveyance of stone for this work).  
             
                           
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