This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and District,
West Sussex, England
9 April 2001 : Volume 3 Issue 8
twin engined aircraft made an unscheduled stop in the back garden of the
house adjacent to the railway line on the south-west side of the bridge
opposite St. Peter's Catholic Church. Unfortunately, the aircraft arrived
through the top storey of the house which it demolished. Fortunately, nobody
as they occurred can be found on the Adur
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip land at Shoreham Airport in the
royal helicopter in a scheduled stop. If it was not for the successful
escape of King Charles II from Shoreham in 1651 (see
below), this might not have happened.
& Mouth Disease Restrictions
& Mouth Disease regulations have come into force to empower
Local Authorities to close footpaths and rights of way. Notices have been
put on in the Adur Valley, with good reason. The Police have made sure
they are enforced and they have been complied with.
Public Rights of Way
and Foot & Mouth Disease
Floodline, Tel: 0845 988 1188
send any comments to: Andy
pleasant sunny day with Meadow
Pipits allow the river towpath by the
with a splash of white on the underside of their tail and calling as they
leave their perches, including the Sea Purslane at low tide on the Adur
Corner on the Coombes Road has begun to be landscaped, but this has
halted because of Food & Mouth Disease restrictions. A Robin
darted amongst the underbush taking advantage of the dislodged invertebrates.
early evening it is was overcast and raining again, which continued with
heavy continuous rain and moderate gales (> Force 7) for the rest of the
Quality of Life
Shared Vision' the Adur District Council's
Agenda 21 Sustainable Development Document
publication was written and designed by Natalie
James-the-Less churchyard, Lancing, (TQ 183 056) I spotted Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies maybe two. Also
two Comma Butterflies
close to emerging nettle patch and a Peacock
Butterfly landing on a tombstone.
including a warbler with a sharp trill voice and rounded tail with chestnut
colour tail feathers, and Blue, Great & Long-tailed Tits.
was the warmest (16° C) sunniest day of the rain, but by late afternoon
it had started raining again.
butterfly is on the wing in North Lancing (urban area) with the first decent
sun for weeks. (TQ
dry day but the ground is absolutely saturated almost everywhere, the standing
water on the Mash Barn, Lancing, is greater
than it has been before this winter.
Green is being pumped clear of flood water.
journal has been sent out to members of the British
Marine Life Study Society.
Nature & History - April Newsletter
to the web site by Ray Hamblett)
Floodline, Tel: 0845 988 1188
World Oceans Day 2001
third meeting to discuss arrangements for this Adur Festival event.
express any interest by 16 April 2001 to:
Horton (British Marine
Life Study Society)
Brahma-Pearl (Adur District Council)
World Oceans Day 2000 web page
Records on the Adur eForum (you have to join)
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| s | n.2 E18. [ON (Icel.) = SAW n.2] 1 a An Old Norse prose narrative
of Iceland or Norway, esp. one which recounts the traditional history of
Icelandic families or of the kings of Norway. E18. b transf. A narrative
regarded as having the traditional characteristics of the Icelandic sagas;
a story of heroic achievement. Also, a novel or series of novels recounting
the history of a family through several generations; loosely a long and
complicated account of a series of events. M19. 2 [Partly after G Sage.]
A story which has been handed down by oral tradition and added to or adapted
in the course of time; historical or heroic legend. M19.
E. HUXLEY The saga of their trek on footis a fantastic epic. Dance This
singular saga of dance history. 2 GEO. ELIOT The old German saga of the
Venusberg. R. W. CHAMBERS How much of this is history, and how much saga,
it is not easy to say.
saga boy W. Indies a well-dressed lounger, a playboy; saga-man [ON sogu-madr]
a narrator of sagas; the hero of a saga.
| atvz()m | n. M19. [Fr. atavisme, f. L atavus great-grandfather's
grandfather, forefather, f. at- beyond + avus grandfather: see -ISM.] Resemblance
to more remote ancestors rather than to parents; tendency of animals or
plants to revert to an ancestral type. atavic | tavk | a. =
ATAVISTIC M19. atavistic a. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of atavism
L19. atavistically adv. L19.
| vs()r()l | a. L16. [In sense 1 f. OFr., or med.L visceralis in
same sense. In senses 2-5 f. prec. + -AL1.] 1 Affecting the viscera regarded
as the seat of emotion; pertaining to or reaching deep-seated instinctive
feelings. L16. 2 Med. Of disorders or diseases: affecting the viscera.
L18. 3 Anat. Of, pertaining to, or consisting of the viscera; situated
in or among, or covering, the viscera. E19. 4 Pertaining to the viscera
of animals used as a means of divination. rare. M19.
A. CROSS Whoever did it hated him for reasons far more visceral than the
usual academic disagreements. J. C. OATES Feeling that stab of visceral
collocations: visceral arch Zool. one of a set of parallel ridges in the
region of the mouth in a fish's skull, or in the embryonic skull of a higher
vertebrate. visceral brain (now rare) those parts of the brain which mediate
bodily activity, esp. visceral activity, in response to emotion. visceral
cavity that part of an animal body in which the viscera are contained.
visceral cleft Zool. one of the intervals between the visceral arches.
visceral hump Zool. a dorsal enlargement containing the viscera in snails
and other shelled gastropods. visceral layer Anat. the innermost layer
of a serous membrane covering an organ or lining a cavity. visceral pleura:
see PLEURA n.1 1.
1 obs. after 17: revived M20.
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specked, Dinogad's coat,
fashioned it with pelts of stoat.
twit, a twittering, (? = a-twittering)
sang, and so eight slaves would sing.
your daddy went off to hunt,
on his shoulder, club in his hand,
call the hounds so swift of foot:
Gaff - seek 'im, seek 'im; fetch, fetch.'
strike fish from a coracle
a lion strikes a small animal.
to the mountain your daddy would go,
bring back a stag, a boar, a roe,
speckled mountain grouse,
fish from Derwennydd Falls.
those your daddy reached with his lance,
a boar or a fox or a lynx,
could escape unless it had wings
From: Marijane Osborn <mjosborn@UCDAVIS.EDU>
Seventh century lullaby
(known today as "Dinogad's Coat")
Joseph P. Clancy's translation
from the Welsh.
the Battle of Worcester (3 September), Charles II had to flee from the
Having said that, Col Gounter's
very reliable eye witness account describes the scene in the early morning
of 15 October 1651:
"The boatman in the meantime
went to provide necessaries, and they persuaded the King to take some rest;
he did in his clothes, and my Lord Wilmot with him, till towards two o'clock;
then the Colonel called them up, and showed them how the time went by his
horses being led the back way to the beach, they came to the boat and found
all ready. The Colonel then took his leave ... The Colonel waited there
with the horses in readiness, in case anything expected happened.
"At eight o'clock
I saw them on sail, and it was the afternoon before they were out of sight.
The wind (oh Providence!) held very good till the next morning, to ten
o'clock, brought them to a place in Normandy called Fackham, some three
miles from Haura de Grace, 15th October, Wednesday. They were no sooner
landed, but the wind turned, and a violent storm did arise, insomuch that
the boatman was forced to cut his cable, lost his anchor to save his boat,
for which he required of me eight pounds, and had it. The
boat was back again at Chichester
by Fryday to take his freight."
II gave his own version of events to Samuel Pepys in 1660 and to anyone
else who would listen from then on. Pepys wrote, using the king's words:
"About four o'clock in the morning, myself and the company before named
went towards Shoreham, taking the master of the ship with us, on horseback,
behind one of our company, and came to the vessel's side, which was not
above sixty ton. But it being low water, and the vessel lying dry, I and
my Lord Wilmot got up with a ladder into her, and went and lay down in
little cabin, till the tide came to fetch us off. ...
"So about seven o'clock in the morning, it being high water, we went out
of the port; but the master being bound for Poole, loaden with sea-coal,
because he would not have it seen from Shoreham that he did not go his
intended voyage, but stood all the day, with a very easy sail, towards
the Isle of Wight (only my Lord Wilmot and myself, of the company, on board).
as we were sailing, the master came to me, and desired me that I would
persuade his men to use their endeavours with me to get him to set us on
shore in France, the better to cover him from any suspicion thereof. ..."
Prior to this, Gounter made
the arrangements with Captain Nicholas Tattersall, whose spelling he rearranged
and the details help to fill out the picture. Writing in the third person,
Gounter recalled: "After this, the Colonel began to treat with the boatman,
Tettersfield by name, asking him in what readiness he was; he answered,
'He could not be off that night, because, for safety, he had brought his
vessel into a Creake, ["breake" in Parry's version] and the tide had forsake
it, so that it was aground.' It is observable, that all the while this
business had been in agitation, to this very time, the wind had been contrary.
The King then opening the window,
took notice that the wind
was turned, and told the master of the ship; whereupon, because of that,
and the clearness of the night, the Colonel offered ten pounds more to
the man to get off at once; but that could not be.... "
are putting on an exhibition at Marlipins
Museum from 25th May to 30th June to commemorate the 350th anniversary
of Charles's escape.
Senior Museums Officer
Sussex Archaeological Society
High Street, Shoreham by
Sea, BN43 5DA
High Water Spring Tide is 6.3 metres
Low Water Spring tide is 0.6 metres
Head of Tidal Predictions
of Harbour Mouth
location of the mouth of the River Adur in the 17th c. is touched on in
Brookfield in SAC 88 (1949) (map at p. 44) and my Harbours of Sussex (1976).
map nearest in date to 1651 is Dummer and Wiltshaw's 1698 survey of harbours
on the south coast, copies in British Library, K Mar III, 67, and Bodleian
(ref. not to hand, probably in Rawl.). This places the mouth west of Portslade,
probably west of the 1815 mouth on the map in Brookfield. It also shows
the 'late outlet' 500-600 yards further west - suggesting that some recent
event (storm?) had shifted the mouth east. See also John Seller, ed., The
English Pilot (1671).
A timber wharf is at Kingston.(from the Victorian History of Sussex, with
Seller, The English pilot (1671), the second book, the first part, page
4, in summary:
a tide haven, with 18 feet [on the bar at the mouth] at HWST, 3 feet at
LWST and LW common tides, 12 feet a HW common tides. The town is almost
a mile within the haven. Vessels drawing 8 to 9 feet can lie afloat at
LW a little below the town, but lie dry elsewhere.
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Copperas Gap at Southwick is used for the export of Iron ore to London.
(from the Victorian History of Sussex, with further references).
The Navy Board visits Shoreham
with a view of constructing an additional shipyard, but there were problems
getting the vessels out summed up as follows: "The
haven's mouth is a very dry barr upon the ebbs of spring tides, and the
outsea in foul weather throws up extraordinary quantities of beach in the
manner of small islands; and whether you go in or out, you meet with great
difficulties and hazard."
Dummer and Wiltshaw's 1698 survey of harbours on the south coast, copies
in British Library, K Mar III, 67, and Bodleian.
Map by Andy Horton (on-line link)
by Andy Horton
from information supplied.
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