This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
December 2002 : Volume 4
DETAILED PLANNING APPLICATION
Meeting date 6 January 2003
in my letter two weeks ago, I suggested that I would draw up a plan for
Ropetackle that would please everybody. Rash because I would go for something
rather distinctive for the prominent site at the end of the High Street:
and anything out of the ordinary is guaranteed to raise the ire of anybody
who favours the safe and dreary.
would go for a purpose built conference centre built as a circular tower
set back from the road, 23 metres high, with reception, a university-style
lecture theatre on the second floor, with committee rooms, offices, communications
(radio station) and a restaurant with panoramic views on the top floor.
would be a high technology flagship regeneration project designed to bring
businesses to the area, rather than housing for people who can only work
outside of the area because of the lack of local job opportunities.
would then pass by Shoreham High Street knowing what town they are in!
I would like the useful structure to be the Listed Building of tomorrow.
(Link to Word Document)
and societies are invited to hold an evening Adur
World Oceans Day event.
below for the AWOD events pencilled
in for the Adur Festival 2003.
send any comments to: Andy Horton
Consultation draft of the 5 Year Management Plan has been published and
issued to the Friends of Lancing
plan begins with a description of the site. Its present status, Geology,
History, Landscape, Habitats, Recreation and Public Access, Current Management,
Interpretation and Information & Resources.
Nature Newsletter (December 2002)
of Lancing Ring
was a eerily still and quiet on a misty Lancing Clump in the late afternoon,
and Beech had a wintery look festooned with glossy green
Hedera helix, and twining Old Man's
Beard, Clematis vitalba, with the
fungi disintegrating and being resorbed into the woodland soil beneath
the leaf litter.
the way out past the dewpond
(TQ 181 065), a flash of yellow and green
tail feathers caught my eye. As the large Jackdaw sized bird flew towards
the pond I could make
out its appearance as a Green
Woodpecker. Two species of woodpecker,
Green, Picus viridis, and Spotted,
are known on the clump but not frequently seen.
Tits are exploring the large eight metre
high Hawthorn Tree
at the bottom of my back garden, in south Lancing (TQ
first visit of a Pied Wagtail
to my back garden, in south Lancing (TQ 186
044), to feed on the ground. This bird is
common on the residential roads and green open spaces but rarely ventures
into the relatively confined spaces of garden territory.
It was a very damp and murky day but at 8°
C it was a bit warmer than the last couple
of near freezing days.
pm a farmer and his dog flushed four Snipe
the rushes on the west bank of the stream that runs from the New Salts
Farm Road railway bridge to the dog kennels (TQ
205 048). The birds headed north over the
airport. This long beaked bird is now mainly a winter visitor only.
flick of the white, or grey, outer tail feathers as I think it was a Meadow
Pipit that flew between the beach huts
to the new rock groynes on the shingle beach at Lancing (TQ
204 042) adjacent to the east end of the flooded
Widewater Lagoon. My identification was based mainly on the repeated call
as it flew away. It could have been a Water
Pipit? or a Rock Pipit?
with Pipits Identification
and Water Pipits (Identification Hints)
& Water Pipits Messages
in our South Lancing garden
the near freezing (3° C)
temperatures and with bitter chill breeze (Force
4, wind chill -1° C) from the north-east,
was still out and about and made a visit to the wildlife pond in our south
Lancing garden. (TQ 186 044)
Wildlife Gardening Yahoo Group
A black sea bird was resting
on the sea off the beach adjacent to Widewater Lagoon.
In the swell it was being carried into about 20 metres from the shingle
beach on a high spring tide. It was almost certainly an injured
Adur East (Shermanbury area) Nature Pages
have returned as winter visitors to my Shermanbury garden.
Downs Way (by Allen Pollard)
albino/leucistic (white-winged) Magpie is seen again. This time I saw
it very clearly in the small trees bordering the Adur estuary
between the Norfolk Bridge and the houseboats (TQ
210 047), opposite (east side of) Adur Recreation
playing on the new syenite rock sea defences erected/deposited on the beach
side of Widewater near the beach huts.
Sea Defences 2002
Wildlife & History Discussion Group
the small area of exposed mudflats (TQ 2105
0530) just north of the Railway
Viaduct spanning the Adur at Shoreham, about 250
roosted with three more energetic
Plover probing the mud, as the light faded
and the tide began to fall.
Falcon is perched half way up the Shoreham Harbour Power station chimney
246 048) late this afternoon.
It seems to be permanently residing there, at least during the winter,
although it may have been disturbed by recent repair work. It has
not been seen feeding near the harbour, although there is unconfirmed report
of a falcon feeding on pigeons of the West Pier, Brighton, and another
recent report of a Peregrine feeding on Southwick
local resident said that a nest box had been installed on both the new
and old (demolished) power station chimneys.
by Peter Talbot-Elsden
Custom duties were collected (cocketted), and evaded, at this time for
duty to the King Edward I. The merchandise was sealed with the cocket
of "de Sorham" (Cheal
p.99-100). Duties were collected on wool and hides. The 14th century
wool smugglers became known as "owlers".
from Cheal's "Story of Shoreham":
A reference to the office
of Controller of Customs is found during the reign of Edward I. in connection
with the export traffic of wool to Flanders. Prior to that period several
instances are mentioned of the infliction of fines on those who shipped
it from the port without licence. " During the discord," so runs the Assize
Roll, referring to the war between Henry III. and his barons, William de
Braose sent certain sacks of wool over sea and sold them to Flemings against
the prohibition of the King. Also that Nicholas Dytton, his bailiff, "struck
a bargain" with William de Chamond of Shoreham to send wool over the sea
and to pay de Braose, his lord, a custom. De Chamond, failing to keep his
part of the agreement, " inasmuch as he made no custom with do Braose for
wool sent away," the baron put him into prison and kept him there until
he paid him a fine of 10 marks. William de Braose was himself afterwards
fined 20 marks for his share in this matter. In 1282 "Peter Jordan, of
Lucca, and two others, men of Shoreham," were appointed to collect the
new customs. The office included the custody of a " Cocket," with which
the merchandise was sealed before it left the port. The matrix giving the
obverse of this seal is now in the British Museum and was found with a
lot of oddments in the Pyx Chamber, Westminster Abbey, on the 21st June,
1842. The legend running round the " Cocket " informs us that it is the
seal of Edward I., King of England, and the words " de Sorham " at once
identify it with our town. On a shield are the three lions of England,
passant guardant. The reverse of the matrix is lost. forfeiture of all
the wools, and the body and goods of William Chaunterell, nevertheless
has pardoned him in consideration of his confession." Those who engaged
in the export smuggling of wool became known as " owlers," because, like
one who goes abroad o' nights, they usually carried prohibited goods to
the seaside and shipped them off under cover of darkness. This traffic,
which was extensively carried on for many centuries along the Sussex coast,
came to an end during our last war with France. This " cocket, " which
was used at Shoreham for the collection of the tax on wool and hides, should
not be confounded with the Borough Seal. It is recorded in 1304 that Arnald
de Ryver, a merchant of Bayonne, forged an imitation of the "cocket." It
is apparent that this instrument was not always kept at Shoreham. After
the execution of Sir John de Mowbray and the grant of his estates to Hugh
le Despenser the younger, that baron, as lord of the town, influenced the
King to transfer the " cocket " from Chichester, where it had been kept
for some time, to Shoreham. Doubtless this was with an eye to the profits
which the town and he himself would enjoy thereby, as the wool might be
shipped only from the port where the " cocket " was kept. Thus in 1325,
when Nicholas Tunstall was granted the office of Controller of Customs,
it was directed that he was to receive in wages " as much as other controllers
have had." At the same time William Vyvian and Germanus Hobelit were required
to deliver to him the custody of "one part of the seal called `cocket'
and other things pertaining to the office," which were in their custody.
After the death of Edward II. and the execution of the Despensers the citizens
of Chichester petitioned Edward restore the " cocket " to their city. Vyvian
and Hobelit were thereupon ordered to carry it back and exercise there
" what pertains to the collection of the customs until otherwise ordered."
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week
| mti | n. LME. [OFr. moite, (also mod.) moitie f. L medietas, -tat-,
f. medius MID a.: see -ITY. Cf. MEDIETY.] 1 A half, either of two equal
parts. LME. 2 Either of two (occas. more) parts (not necessarily
equal) into which something is or can be divided. Also (now only w. qualifying
adj.), a small part, a lesser share of something. L16. 3 One's wife
or (less usu.) husband. joc. M18-E19. 4 Anthropol. Either of two primary
social divisions of a tribe (esp. of Australian Aborigines). L19. 5 Chem.
A group of atoms forming part of a molecule. M20.
| kkt | n. ME. [Perh. f. L quo quietus est by which he is quit, the
last wds of the custom-house officer's receipt. Cf. AN cokete, AL coketa,
-tum.] 1 Hist. A seal of the King's Custom-House. ME. 2 Customs duty. arch.
ME. 3 Hist. A sealed document certifying the payment of duty. LME.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
The term refers to a financial
penalty imposed by judicial authorities on guilty parties (both parties
guilty of a crime of which accused, or guilty of making a charge found
by the court to be groundless). It means to be "subject to the mercy of"
a judgemental power, although "mercy" itself derives from a Latin term
used for a punitive compensation; a party found guilty of anything was
said to be "in mercy" -- that is, subjectible to a penalty to be judged
by the court. Amercement was the common punishment for most crimes of lesser
gravity, since there was no extensive prison system in the Middle Ages.
Today we would use the term "fine", but in medieval England this had a
slightly different application, being a sum of money paid voluntarily (although
still with a compensatory connotation, and usually after some kind of formal
legal or quasi-legal proceeding) to some other individual -- often the
king -- in return for the grant of some right (e.g. freeman's status),
benefit, or property.
from the ORB Encyclopedia
screen capture utility is wonderful. I have used Corel Draw, Paint Shop
Pro, and several other packages, but for quick and dirty capture (I almost
always use rectangle area) this is the best for the money. Thanks!!!"
A Ray, 10/17/2001
is a cheap program and a download
trial is available.
is nothing - absolutely nothing-
so much worth doing
simply messing about in boats."
That's what Ratty
said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's beloved 1908 classic, The Wind
in the Willows.
& Poets Smart Group
(1922-1987) Norfolk Bridge
by Ben Langrish
Saturday every month.
December 2002: (date to be confirmed)
World Oceans Day 2003
and the River Adur's seafaring traditions stretch
back for over a millenium. In the days of sailing ships the public hards
each side of the Coronation Green were important
for loading and unloading cargo and Shoreham has a history of seafaring
and fishing that stretches back centuries to the beginning of written records
Adur Festival celebrates this tradition and the local connection with the
sea with the opening procession from St. Mary de Haura church down East
Street (known as Oriental Street in the 18th century) down to River Adur
to Coronation Green (Legal Quay in medieval times) in the centre of Shoreham-by-Sea.
WORLD OCEANS DAY
am - 4:00 pm
air celebration of the wildlife of the oceans with exhibitions of live
marine creatures, marine aquaria, nets and fishing gear, colouring competitions
and other interactive activities for children, whales and dolphins exhibits,
films and video shows, sea food tasting, all designed for a family day
out. Allow at least one hour, preferably more, to wander around the marquees,
with experts on hand to answer questions about life in the sea and on the
by the Adur World Oceans Day group
June 2003 - 7 June 2003
June 1993 - 14 June 2003
VALLEY BIODIVERSITY EXHIBITION
Civic Centre Foyer
am - 4:00 pm
June 1992, over 150 Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological
Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that
action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species
and genetic resources.
Pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa.
Adur Exhibition will celebrate the varied wildlife of the lower Adur valley
including the whole of the Adur District. It will contain photographs and
information from local wildlife groups.
by Adur Valley
to be decided
WORLD OCEANS DAY
venue to be decided
series of short illustrated talks and documentary video films about the
undersea world around the British Isles: a unique opportunity to see the
fascinating marine wildlife both above and below the waves with original
presentations. This educational series is designed for the older age group,
over 11 years old, and should appeal to both the novice and the experienced
naturalist and marine biologist.
by the Adur World Oceans Day group
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