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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw


Arundel, West Sussex: [Arundell, Arundall] 'river'; mouth of the River Arun, at Littlehampton, running into the English Channel.
TQ0201; sheet 197
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Arundell
The Evills the
same here as at
ye: foregoing
places
The last River Westward (of any Moment) in the County of Sussex falls also under the like Evills those before recited suffer for doubtless the Length, and extension of its Levells have layn more open to the Sea then now they doe.
Seems incapable
of reamedy Nature of impedimt.
The Town lyeth wth:in the Mouth of it, if the crookedness be respected about 6 Miles, But by Land and more direct, 'tis accounted 4 Miles, between the One and the Other here is likewise the Remaines of an Ancient, & Eminent Castle But nothing to be found proper for those improvements wee are to search, Because the unhappy Judgements of past times taking its advantage to be in Robbing the Sea of its Wast, have repelled the influx thereof, and the reflux thereby becoming Gradually remiss by like Degrees became unable to remove the Weight of matter which is ready to Lodge in all uneven places, and even much greater Channells, Whensoever the Common Current thereof shall become too feeble to resist the Drift of the Waves that in a Constant Course, and Motion, are alwaies as it were labouring to Choake up.
The Effect
thereof the same
alwais where
encroachments
are made
For this Beach appeareth, at this Rivers Mouth to lye about 10 feet above the Levell of the Sea without at Low Water, And the Tydes flowing here 19 or 20 ft. upon the Springs (& much the same att all the Places before recited) 'tis about half Flood before any indraught is made into it, Whence it seems likely from the same Obstruction that the Raines drown all the uplands during ye. Winter, there being not time nor space enough at the Havens Mouth to discharge them between the fall of one and the rise of ye. next Flood.
This impedimt. is the same in Proportion at all the other Places wee have spoken of, And may stand for ye. true Cause of Drowning all their Levells during the Winter Season, and the Daming up all their Channells or Courses of Water, wch: are absolutely necessary and make deep and proper Roades for Shipping.

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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

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