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  THE STORY OF SHOREHAM           SILVER-TONGUED Hammond        
                                   
                1 Anne   1702   John Perry, Esq.   Nathaniel Could, Esq.  
Luttrell mentions a report of his appointment as Governor of Greenwich Hospital in 1710 in place of Sir William Gifford. He died August 20th, 1712, aged 65, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.      
    4 Anne   1705 Nathaniel Gould, Esq.   John Wicker, Esq.    
                       
      John Wicker, Esq.   Previously to his election as Member for  
  New Shoreham, represented Horsham in four Parliaments.   He possessed at the beginning of the 18th century a very extensive  
His memorial in the Abbey is a fine medallion, suspended by a knot of ribbons fastened to a pyramid of various coloured marbles. Round the head and underneath are naval trophies and sea instruments. The inscription is to " Henry Priestman, Esq." and describes him as Commander of a squadron of ships of war in the reign of Charles II., a Commissioner of the Navy, and one of the Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Admiral of England, in the reign of William III.    
  property in Horsham and adjoining parishes.   He rebuilt or enlarged the house at Horsham Park, which, upon his death in 1767, descended with the rest of his extensive property to his only child and heiress.  
                       
    7 Anne.   1708   Anthony Hammond,   Richard Lloyd, Esq. Esq.  
                                   
                Sir Anthony Hammond.   Elected Member for New Shoreham in 1708, but under date 7th December, 1708, Luttrell (Diary vi. 281) has this entry-" This day the Commons carried it by 18134 against 116-that Anthony Hammond being a Commissioner of the Navy and employed in the out-posts was incapable of being elected a Member of Parliament by an Act passed 6 Queen Anne, so 'tis expected a writ Will be ordered for a new election at
10 William III.   1698   John Perry, Esq.   Charles Sergison, Esq.    
12   "   1700-1 Nathaniel Gould, Esq.        
"   "   1 701   Charles Sergison, Esq. Nathaniel Gould, Esq.    
               
Charles Sergison.   Born 1654.   Entered the service of the Crown as a dockyard clerk in 1671 and was Clerk of the Acts for thirty years. During this period, which included the War of Spanish Succession. the work of the Navy Board was excessively heavy and Sergison won the highest opinion of the several administrations with whom he acted. The emoluments of the office were large, though rather by perquisites and fees, than pay, and, in 1691, Sergison was able to purchase Cuckfield Park, in Sussex. During the reign of Anne he more than once asked for permission to retire but was told that he could not be spared.   Afterwards, when he was suspended at the age of 65, in 1719, he seems to have felt it an undeserved insult.   During the remainder of his life he lived at Cuckfield Park, where he died worth £150,000, 26th November, 1732.   There is a monument to him in Cuckfield    
    Shoreham."   At the Election 18th December in that year, Gregory Page was returned for the Borough.   Although Hammond was celebrated as a Politician and Wit and as an eloquent and graceful speaker, so much so that Bolingbroke styled him the " Silvertongued Hammond," his want of tact led Chesterfield to say that " he had all the senses but common-sense."
                       
    18 Dec.   1708   Gregory Page, Esq. (vice Anthony Hammond, disabled to sit).
      9 Anne   1 710   Gregory Page, Esq.   Nathaniel Gould, Esq
    12   1713   Nathaniel Gould,   Francis Chamberlayne
          Esq.   Esq.      
Church and a good portrait of him at Cuckfield Place.   His wife was Anne, daughter of Mr. Crawley of the Navy Office.   She pre-deceased him and on his death, without children, the estate passed to his grand-nephew, Thomas Warden, who tock the name of Sergison. He also died leaving no children, and was. succeeded by his brother Richard, who assumed the name cf Sergison.   In his family the Cuckfield estate remains.   Charles Sergison formed a large collection of MSS. relating to the Navy, and although some of these have been dispersed many are still at Cuckfield Place.   He had also a fine collection of models which has been preserved entire and in beautiful condition at Cuckfield.       I Geo. I.   1714-15   Sir Gregory Page,Bart.
                       
    Sir Gregory Page, Bart., of Greenwich.   The eldest son of Gregory Page a considerable merchant of London, and a Director
    of the East India Company.   He was created a baronet by George L, 3rd December, 1714.   Sir Gregory, like his father, was an eminent merchant and for many years an East India Director. He married Mary, daughter of Thomas Trotman, citizen of London, and had issue, two sons and two daughters.   Sir Gregory died 25th May, 1720.   His decease caused a Bye-election at Shoreham.
                       
                                   
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