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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw


Shoreham, West Sussex: 'river'; mouth of the River Adur, at Kingston by Sea, below Shoreham by Sea, running into the English Channel.
TQ2105; sheet 198
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Shoreham.
The River a
considerable
Fresh Water
The Circumstances
of ye: Harbour
and ye. Barr
before it
not capable of
improvement
The next Place Westward of Newhaven hath likewise suffered the same Fate wth: those foregoing, This River is the Comon dreine of a very great Portion of the County of Sussex the Remains of the Ancient Castle of Bramber lyeth about 4 Miles above the Town whence one might take it to have been a Port invested wth: much better Circumstances heretofore, now it admits nothing improveable; The Havens Mouth is a dry Barr upon the Ebbs of Spring Tydes, and the out Sea, in foul Weather throws up Exterordinary Quantityes and heaps of Beach in the manner of small Islands, sometimes here and sometimes there in the very Mouth of it, And whether you come in or goe out you meet with great difficulty, and Hazard, They continue to Build new Shipps from 300 Tuns downwards, and waiting good Seasons with proper Care, they get them into the Sea; But wth: relation to our enquirry wee discerne nothing to be accounted for.

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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

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