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Annales Rerum Gestarum Angliae et Hiberniae Regnate Elizabetha, by William Camden, published 1615 (and 1625)

The Defence of Sussex and the South Coast of England from Invasion, considered by Queen Elizabeth's Privy Councillors, AD 1596, by W. H. Blaauw, M.A., F.S.A., published 1859 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 11, article, pp.147-170) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2096] & The Keep [LIB/500230] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Sussex Religious Houses and Recusants temp. Hen. VIII and Elizabeth, by Unknown Author(s), published 1860 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 12, article, pp.199-202) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2097] & The Keep [LIB/500231] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Notices of Crown Presentations to Rectories and Vicarages in Sussex, during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, from Lansd., MSS. 443-4-5, edited by Sir Henry Ellis, K.H., F.S.A., published 1860 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 12, notes & queries, pp.256-260) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2097] & The Keep [LIB/500231] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Queen Elizabeth Sponsor to Lord Percy, by F H. Arnold, published 1877 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 27, notes & queries, pp.229-230) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2112] & The Keep [LIB/500245] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, discovered at Coolham, by F. H. Arnold, published 1892 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 38, notes & queries, pp.210-211) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2123] & The Keep [LIB/500256] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Pre-Reformation Vicars of Cuckfield and the Elizabethan Vicars of Cuckfield, by Rev. Canon J. H. Cooper, Vicar of Cuckfield, published 1901 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 44, article, pp.9-27) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2129] & The Keep [LIB/500262] & S.A.S. library   View Online

Marriage Licences at Lewes, 1586-1642, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin, published 1902 (vol. 1, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8348][Lib 8000][Lib 2217] & The Keep [LIB/500377][Lib/504452]   View Online

Old English Doorways: a series of examples from Tudor time to the end of the XVII century, by W. G. Davie and H. Tanner, published 1903 (London: B. T. Batsford) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Post-Mortem Inquisitions, 1558-1583, by L. F. Salzman, published 1904 (vol. 3, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2219] & The Keep [LIB/500379]

Marriage Licences at Chichester, 1575-1730, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin, published 1909 (vol. 9, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2225][Lib 8008] & The Keep [LIB/500385]

Post-Mortem Inquisitions, 1485-1649, by F. W. T. Attree, published 1912 (vol. 14, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2230] & The Keep [LIB/500390]   View Online

Star Chamber Proceedings, Henry VII to Philip and Mary, by Percy C. D. Munday, published 1913 (vol. 16, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2232] & The Keep [LIB/500392]   View Online

An Elizabethan Return of the State of the Diocese of Chichester, by V. J. B. Torr, published 1920 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 61, article, pp.92-125) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2146] & The Keep [LIB/500279] & S.A.S. library   View Online

An Elizabethan Builder's Contract, by Walter H. Godfrey, F.S.A., published 1924 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 65, article, pp.211-223) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2150] & The Keep [LIB/500283] & S.A.S. library

Sussex History Reconsidered. 4 - Changes in Tudor Sussex, by G. O. Whitehead, published 1929 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. III no. 4, article, pp.215-221) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2307] & The Keep [LIB/500139]

An Elizabethan Manor House [at Kingston by Lewes], by S.N.Q. Contributor, published February 1930 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. III no. 1, note, p.23) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8952][Lib 8221] & The Keep [LIB/500205] & S.A.S. library

Queen Elizabeth in Sussex, by M. Bishopp, published 1932 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. VI no. 7, article, pp.420-422) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9325] & The Keep [LIB/500175]

Elizabethan Plan of Buckhurst Park , by Ernest Straker, published November 1932 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. IV no. 4, article, pp.60-61) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2203][Lib 8222][Lib 8861] & The Keep [LIB/500206] & S.A.S. library

A New History of Rye. X - The Visit of Queen Elizabeth, by Leopold A. Vidler, published 1933 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. VII no. 10, article, pp.674-678) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2312] & The Keep [LIB/500176]

Historic Houses of Sussex - Tudor House, Petworth, by Viscountess Wolseley, published 1935 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. IX no. 12, article, pp.741-745) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9330] & The Keep [LIB/500180]

A Lost Tudor Iron Furnace Found , by Ernest Straker, published August 1937 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. VI no. 7, note, pp.217-218) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 12537][Lib 8863][Lib 8224] & The Keep [LIB/500208] & S.A.S. library

Sussex Farming in Tudor and Stuart Times, by G. E. Fussell, published 1938 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. XII no. 8, article, pp.506-507) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2317] & The Keep [LIB/500183]

Elizabethan Coin from a Potato Patch, by W. J. Walker, published 1938 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. XII no. 11, article, pp.718-719) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2317] & The Keep [LIB/500183]

Port books and Customs Accounts of Arundel and Littlehampton in the Tudor Period, by E. Wyndham Hulme, published February 1943 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. IX no. 5, article, pp.106-108) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8227][Lib 2208] & The Keep [LIB/500211] & S.A.S. library

Tudor decoration (Shelley's Hotel, Lewes), by Country Life contributor(s), published 27 April 1951 in Country Life (article, p.1290)

Elizabethan Brighton: the ancient customs of Brighthelmston, 1580, by Charles Webb and A. E. Wilson, published 1952 (Brighton: John Beal) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/501656] & East Sussex Libraries

The Sussex Gentry in the Reign of Elizabeth, by Joyce E. Mousley, 1955 at University of London (Ph.D. thesis)   View Online
This thesis is a study of some of the social, economic and political conditions of a number of gentry families of Elizabethan Sussex. The families selected for investigation were those which were represented among the holders of important official positions in the county during the reign, i.e. among the Lord or Deputy Lieutenants, the sheriffs, the county members of Parliament for Sussex and the J.P's. In addition, each family selected had to have had a representative living in 1580 and then resident primarily in Sussex. An enquiry was made as to how long the selected families had resided in Sussex, as to where the newcomers had arrived from and what brought them thither; also as to whether or not there were any tendency for important county positions to be monopolised by the long-established families. An examination was also made as to whereabouts the selected families resided and how office-holders at any given time were distributed over the county. The composition and size of the families were discussed and questions raised as to how many Of their members remained single, how many married persons residing mainly in the same county and belonging to the same group of administrative County families, and how many went farther afield or married into different social levels. The relative proportion of gentry during two generations who attended places of higher education was considered and some attempt made to discover how many obtained degrees or were called to the Bar. A survey of the relative economic position of the families was constructed and this was compared with an analysis of the occupations of heads of families in 1580. Finally, the chief political developments in Sussex during the reign, and the part played in them by the selected families were described.

A Tudor gate-house [Cuckfield Place], published 8 November 1956 in Country Life (article, p.1067)

The Fortunes of some Gentry Families of Elizabethan Sussex, by J. E. Mousley, published April 1959 in The Economic History Review (vol. 11 issue 3, article, pp.467-482)   View Online

The Episcopate of Richard Curteys, Bishop of Chichester, 1570-1582: an aspect of the Elizabethan religious settlement in Sussex, by R. B. Manning, 1961 at Georgetown University (Ph.D. thesis)

Hastings Elizabethan Charter, by J. Manwaring Baines, published 1962 (Hastings: Hastings Museum) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502759]

Catholics and Local Office Holding in Elizabethan Sussex, by Roger B. Manning, published May 1962 in Institute of Historical Research (vol. 35, issue 91, article, pp.47-61) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 1429]   View Online

Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montague: the Influence in County Politics of an Elizabethan Catholic Nobleman, by Roger B. Manning, published 1968 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 106, article, pp.103-112) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2191] & The Keep [LIB/500323] & S.A.S. library

Religion and Society in Elizabethan Sussex, by Roger B. Manning, published 1 July 1969 (332 pp., Leicester University Press, ISBN-10: 0718510844 & ISBN-13: 9780718510848) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2549] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Calendar of Assize Records, Elizabeth I, Sussex., edited by J. S. Cockburn, published October 1975 (587 pp., Stationery Office Books, ISBN-10: 0114400571 & ISBN-13: 9780114400576) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15462] & The Keep [LIB/502140][Lib/502141] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Nicholas Bacon: the making of a Tudor statesman, by Robert Tittler, published 1976 (Cape)

Rural Employment and Population in Sussex between 1550 and 1640, by C. E. Brent, published 1976 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 114, article, pp.27-48) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 6476] & The Keep [LIB/500315] & S.A.S. library

Goodwood: Royal Letters: Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Elizabeth I , by Timothy J. McCann, published October 1977 (50 pp., Chichester: West Sussex County Council, ISBN-10: 0905462017 & ISBN-13: 9780905462011) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Wealden Ironmasters in the Age of Elizabeth, by Jeremy Goring, published 1978 in Wealth and Power in Tudor England (article, Athlone Press, University of London)
Review by C. F. Tebbutt in Wealden Iron Research Group: Bulletin 14 1979:
The above is the title of a chapter contributed by Dr J. J. Goring to E. W. Ives et al (eds), Wealth and Power in Tudor England (Athlone Press, University of London, 1978), and is a confident and succinct account of his subject. This confidence comes from a thorough and exhaustive research into many of the surviving relevant documents that throw light on the Elizabethan ironmasters, their business methods, financial success or otherwise, social aspirations and religious beliefs.
The author first explains what he regards as the definition of an ironmaster, actually not a contemporary term, and accepts J. W. Gough's definition of an industrial entrepreneur from his The Rise of the Entrepreneur (1969): 'He is more than just a manager; he is a leader in business, an initiator, a policy maker. He must either himself supply capital or have some control over the supply of it. He must also be a producer or developer and be personally involved in his enterprise, although not necessarily alone in it.' The word ironmaster, by Dr Goring's definition, is not applied to people who were merely owners or managers or ironworks but only to those who had a definite stake in the business. From the well-known 1674 lists 61 men were judged to qualify under the above definition. These again can be subdivided into tenants and owner-occupiers, and further subdivisions can be made.

Brighton 1520-1820. From Tudor Town to Regency Resort, by S. Farrant and J. H. Farrant, published 1980 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 118, article, pp.331-350) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7805] & The Keep [LIB/500305] & S.A.S. library

Quarter Sessions in Elizabethan Sussex, by M. J. Leppard, published 1980 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 118, historical note, pp.388-389) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7805] & The Keep [LIB/500305] & S.A.S. library

The Fellowship of the Twelve in Elizabethan Lewes, by Jeremy Goring, published 1981 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 119, article, pp.157-172) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 7989] & The Keep [LIB/500306] & S.A.S. library

Family Life in Elizabethan Sussex, by Jeremy Goring, published March 1982 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 5 no. 1, article, pp.11-12) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9174] & The Keep [LIB/501257] & CD SFH40 from S.F.H.G.
In the reign of Elizabeth I it [Boarzell in Ticehurst] was the home of Margaret Roberts, a gifted and energetic lady who, after her husband's death in 1567, managed the place with great efficiency for nearly twenty years.

The progress of the Reformation in East Sussex 1530-1559: the evidence from wills, by G. J. Mayhew, published 1983 in Southern History (vol. 5, article, pp.38-67)

The Reformation of the Ministry in Elizabethan Sussex, by Jeremy Goring, published 1983 in Journal of Ecclesiastical History (vol. 34, no. 3, article, pp.345-366) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8897] & The Keep [LIB/502423]

The Queen's Gunstonemaker: An account of Ralph Hogge, Elizabethan Ironmaster & Gunfounder, by Edmund Teesdale, published 1 July 1984 (130 pp., Seaford: Lindel Publishing Co., ISBN-10: 0950235474 & ISBN-13: 9780950235479) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/502223] & East Sussex Libraries

Tudor Parham, by John H. Bishop, published May 1986 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 34, article, p.1) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/34] & The Keep [LIB/500481]

Tudor Rye, by Graham Mayhew, published February 1988 (occasional paper no.27, 353 pp., Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sussex, ISBN-10: 0904242307 & ISBN-13: 9780904242300) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506615] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Caressing the Great. Viscount Montague's Entertainment of Elizabeth at Cowdray, 1591, by Curtis Charles Breight, published 1989 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 127, article, pp.147-166) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 10604] & The Keep [LIB/500302] & S.A.S. library

Defamations in Elizabethan and Early Stuart West Sussex, by George Hothersall, published October 1991 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 48, article, p.7) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/48] & The Keep [LIB/500483]

Industry in the Countryside: Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century, by Michael Zell, published 24 March 1994 (xv + 257 pp., Cambridge University Press, ISBN-10: 0521445418 & ISBN-13: 9780521445412) accessible at: British Library & East Sussex Libraries
Industry in the Countryside is a wide-ranging and readable study of the nature of manufacturing before the Industrial Revolution. It examines the widely-debated theory of 'proto-industrialisation', drawing on data from the Kentish Weald - an area which was already a centre of cottage industry in the Tudor era and was also the earliest rural manufacturing region to 'de-industrialise'. The book analyses the Wealden textile industry from its workforce to its industrialists and emphasises the ubiquity of dual employment among textile workers. It explores the local context of cottage industry, investigating the pattern of landholding and inheritance, the local farming regime, and the demographic background to rural industrialisation. Zell outlines what type of local economy became the site of this so-called 'proto-industry' and shows the impact of cottage industry on the people of such regions. He concludes by asking, is there anything in the 'proto-industrialisation' model?

Surveillance, Militarism, and Drama in the Elizabethan Era, by Curtis Charles Breight, published 8 November 1996 (360 pp., Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN-10: 0333529685 & ISBN-13: 9780333529683)

Tudor and Stuart Great Houses, by Maurice Howard, published 1 January 1999 in An Historical Atlas of Sussex (pp.54-55, Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd, ISBN-10: 1860771122 & ISBN-13: 9781860771125) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14026][Lib 18777] & The Keep [LIB/501686][LIB/508903] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Elizabethan and Early Stuart Lewes, by John Bleach, published 1 January 1999 in An Historical Atlas of Sussex (pp.64-65, Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd, ISBN-10: 1860771122 & ISBN-13: 9781860771125) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 14026][Lib 18777] & The Keep [LIB/501686][LIB/508903] & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

Sir John Gage, Tudor courtier and soldier (1479-1556), by David Potter, published November 2002 in The English Historical Review (vol. xvii, no. 474, article, pp.1109-1146, ISSN: 0013-8266)   View Online
Sir John Gage's political career lasted over fifty years and experienced many of the ups and downs of politics under Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I providing a case study of the crucial politically active county gentry upon whom the Tudor state relied. Gage has generally been neglected as a political figure even though he held some of the most important court offices and, as military technocrat, was responsible for the supply of the armies of the 1540s. Insofar as he has any reputation, it is as the staunch conservative and rather sinister figure in Protestant historiography and perhaps as a timeserver. In fact, his religious allegiance was much more fluid and his role in the factional battles of court life at once more complex and more interesting than might at first appear. This study also brings out the purely private dimension and economic activity of a courtier who inherited only a modest landed estate but was able to trade on his influence at court in order to build up a local power-base that established his family in the long term among the leading gentry (and late peerage) of Sussex.

Religion and the Politic Counsellor: Thomas Sackville, 1536-1608, by Rivkah Zim, published September 2007 in The English Historical Review (vol. cxxii, issue 498, article, pp.892-917, ISSN: 0013-8266)   View Online
There have been few attempts at new interpretations of religious and political identities among the political elite of Elizabethan England. This article investigates the actions and background of Thomas Sackville, lord Buckhurst, whose politic pragmatism and reticence in commenting personally on religion, in writing, have contributed to conflicting views on his position. It demonstrates that while Sackville upheld and promoted the religion of the established church, he nevertheless repeatedly differentiated between the political needs of the state for conformity, and the personal needs of individuals for freedom of conscience where there was not otherwise a threat to social order. It argues that Sackville's stance is significant because he had opportunities to engage in a wide variety of political spheres at the highest levels and often with scope to use his own judgment in determining when and how to intervene. Reference is made to his family background; activities in Sussex, including ecclesiastical patronage; disagreement with the earl of Leicester over English policy in the Netherlands (1587); his work as a privy councillor and high commissioner from 1586; and as chancellor of Oxford University from 1592. Reasons for his mentality are examined in assessing his generation's humanist ethical values, transmitted in English poetry as well as the premises of a classical education. It concludes that Sackville's construction of his religious identity as a moderate, in the preamble to his will, should not be construed as a lack of idealism in a man of his generation and experience

The Education of Children in Kent and Sussex: interpreting the Medieval and Tudor ways, by Gillian Draper, published 2008 (Offprint) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16246]
Article in Nottingham Medieval Sudies LII - used sources at WSRO.

Parham: An Elizabethan house and its restoration, by Jayne Kirk, published 1 March 2009 (208 pp., Chichester: Phillimore & Co. Ltd., ISBN-10: 1860774857 & ISBN-13: 9781860774850) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
Parham House lies tranquilly at the foot of the South Downs, an Elizabethan house with weathered stone walls, glittering leaded windows and a gabled silhouette. In its ancient park, deer roam beneath spreading oaks and 18th-century lawns spread out towards the church, all that remains of Parham village. Rescued from decay and lovingly restored by Clive and Alicia Pearson and their architect Victor Heal, the house was opened to the public in 1948. This book tells the story of the house, and of the three families - the Palmers, the Bisshopps and the Pearsons - who owned it for more than 400 years. Parham: A Sussex House and its restoration, brings to life the way its restorers dealt with the practical and aesthetic problems they encountered. A precious archive of drawings, letters and other papers has revealed much new evidence about changes to the fabric. Professional and volunteer archaeologists have searched the park for traces of the monastic grange and village that once stood somewhere within it, while personal recollections have added yet another perspective. All the findings have been masterfully pieced together by Jayne Kirk, who has thrown a brilliant light onto the hidden history of this intriguing country house.

Reflections on the role of the Sussex ironmasters in Elizabethan Glamorgan, by John O. Morley, published 2010 in Journal of Glamorgan History (vol. 54, article, pp.5-43)

Queen and country : the significance of Elizabeth I's progress in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire in 1591, by Caroline Adams, 2012 at University of Chichester (Ph.D. thesis)   View Online

My Tudor Connections: Sir John Gage of Firle and his family, by Colin Smith, published March 2014 in Sussex Family Historian (vol. 21 no. 1, article, pp.25-27) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/508980]
I have been researching my family tree for over 35 years, not an easy task with a surname like SMITH! The SMITHs were Kent based, at a village called Westwell, near Ashford and were the usual agricultural labourers. However, the marriage of my 3 x great-grandparents, William SMITH (1791-1873) and Charlotte WALKER (1795-1866) on 18th October 1813 at Westwell has provided me with the 'stepping stone' to an ancestral line that includes the well-known family of GAGE, based at Firle Place, near Lewes.

Elizabeth I's Progresses in Sussex, by Caroline Adams, published 17 September 2014 in Art, Literature and Religion in Early Modern Sussex: Culture and Conflict (Chapter 1., Routledge, ISBN-10: 1409457036 & ISBN-13: 9781409457039)

The Tudor Bishops' Palace at Aldingbourne, by Caroline Adams, published 2016 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 84, article, p.26) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/84] & The Keep [LIB/509448]