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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw


Pevensey, East Sussex: [Pemsey] 'haven'; mouth of several small rivers, including the Pevensey Haven, running into Pevensey Bay in the English Channel.
TQ6504; sheet 199
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Pemsey.
Scituation
Is the next River Westward and likewise Noted to have been in former time a Considerable Haven, The Remains of a very large Antique Castle yet in being seems to admit that Conjecture, That with the Town is Scituate about a Mile from the Wash of the Sea, and about 5 or 6 Miles Eastward of the Head of Beachy.
Condition of
the River
Alteration in
few years
The River passes thro' a large levell piece of Ground up towards the Wild of Sussex, about 4 or 5. years since, (as we were told) Vessells of 50 and 60 Tuns took in their Lading at the Bridge of the Town, But of late a shutt hath been made upon the River it self very near the Havens Mouth beyond wch: no Vessells can now pass.
The use of it
irrecoverable
These Levells as those of Rye are without doubt in great part recovered from the Sea, and howsoever Considerable this Haven may have been, 'tis now in our Opinion irrecoverably lost, for a Vessell of 14 Tuns meets wth: great difficulty to get within the Mouth of it, and as much to get out, therefore proper for no use in the Service of the Navy.

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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

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