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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

West Sussex Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, by Robert Garraway Rice, published 1905 (vol. 5, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2221][Lib 8004][Lib 8860] & The Keep [LIB/500381]

Marriage Licences at Lewes, 1670-1732, by Edwin H. W. Dunkin, published 1907 (vol. 6, Sussex Record Society) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8005][Lib 2222] & The Keep [LIB/500382][Lib/504453]   View Online

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]

Inquisitions Post Mortem. Temp Henry VII, James I and Charles I, by F. W. T. Attree, published 1909 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 52, article, pp.100-131) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2137] & The Keep [LIB/500270] & S.A.S. library   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

Sussex and the Stuart times, by H. M., published August 1926 in Sussex Notes & Queries (vol. I no. 3, note, p.85) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 8950] & The Keep [LIB/500203] & S.A.S. library

Stuart Papers, Pictures, Relics, Medals and Books in the Collection of Miss Maria Widdrington, by Francis J. A. Skeet, published 1930

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]

John Taylor's Tour of Sussex in 1653, by J. B. Caldecott, F.S.A., published 1940 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 81, article, pp.19-30) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 2166] & The Keep [LIB/500348] & S.A.S. library

The Manor of Littlehampton with Toddington, 1633, edited by Francis William Steer, published 1961 (2 parts, Littlehampton papers, nos 1 & 2, 2 parts, Littlehampton Urban District Council) accessible at: British Library & West Sussex Libraries

Calendar of Assize Records: Sussex Indictments, James I, edited by J. S. Cockburn, published 1975 (220 pp., Stationery Office Books, ISBN-10: 011440075X & ISBN-13: 9780114400750) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

Burton Park: a centre of recusancy in Sussex, by Thomas Geoffrey Holt, published 1975 in British Catholic History (vol. 13, no. 2, article, pp.106-122)
Catholicism owed its survival, in Sussex as elsewhere, largely to families of wealth and position who could support a chaplain. Burton Park (or Bodexton or Bodecton) [in parish of Duncton] was such a centre, at least from the late seventeenth century and maybe earlier. The house and estate, owned by the Gorings in the sixteenth century, passed in 1724 to the Biddulphs of Staffordshire and in 1835 from them to the Wrights of Essex. On inheriting the property, Anthony George Wright added Biddulph to his name ; after the death of his son, Anthony John Wright-Biddulph, in 1895, the estate was sold. This essay is an account of the owners; of the Jesuit chaplains between 1680 and 1780; and of the mission of which Burton was the centre.

The Lord Wardens and Elections, 1604-1628, by John K. Gruenfelder, published 1976 in Journal of British Studies (vol. 16, no. 1, article, pp.1-23)
Concerns Cinque ports in both Kent and Sussex.

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

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

Visitors to Eighteenth Century Sussex, by John H. Farrant, published September 1983 in Sussex Genealogist and Family Historian (vol. 5 no. 2, article, pp.44-52) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9173] & The Keep [LIB/501191] & CD SXGS from S.F.H.G.
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Daniel Defoe, John Warburton, Rev. John Burton, Rev. William Clarke, Rev. Dr. Richard Pococke, Sir Peter Thompson, Peter Oliver and John Byng

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]

The wrong Charles Stuart, by Roger Chatterton-Newman, published October 1995 in West Sussex History, the Journal of West Sussex Archives Society (no. 56, article, p.30) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 16404/56] & The Keep [LIB/500484]

Littlehampton 1600-1650 : some aspects of life in Littlehampton in Stuart times, by Wilfred Daggett, published 1998 (iii + 56 pp., Littlehampton Historical Society) accessible at: British Library

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

John Browne, Gunfounder to the Stuarts, by Ruth Brown, published 2005 in Wealden Iron Research Group (Second Series No. 25, article, pp.38-61, ISSN: 0266-4402) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506572]   Download PDF
Abstract:
John Browne, the son of Thomas Browne, Queen Elizabeth's gunfounder, claimed in his will to have been born at Chiddingstone in Kent, where his father, Thomas Browne, owned the Red House from 1593 to 1597 and had been living in the parish at an earlier date. We know little of his education except that he wrote in 1621 'at the request of the ordnance officers, and the East India Company, I was put to the trade, that I continue if my father failed' (CSPD, James I, vol 5, 639).
In August 1615, he was granted the office of Gunstone Maker for life (CSPD James I, vol 2, 301). From this period he appears to have been actively involved in running the iron business which his father had built up.

John Browne, Gunfounder to the Stuarts - Part 2: Bronze and Iron Guns 1630-45, by Ruth Brown, published 2006 in Wealden Iron Research Group (Second Series No. 26, article, pp.31-50, ISSN: 0266-4402) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506573]   Download PDF

John Browne, Gunfounder to the Stuarts - Part 3, by Ruth Brown, published 2008 in Wealden Iron Research Group (Second Series No. 28, article, pp.23-33, ISSN: 0266-4402) accessible at: The Keep [LIB/506575]   Download PDF

Puritanism and a Sussex clerical scandal in the 1630s and 1640s, by Matthew Reynolds, published 2016 in Sussex Archæological Collections (vol. 154, article, pp.227-241) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 18939] & The Keep [LIB/509465] & S.A.S. library

Chichester Archdeaconry Depositions 1603-1608, edited by Peter M. Wilkinson, published June 2017 (vol. 97, xlviii + 310 pp., Sussex Record Society, ISBN-13: 9780854450794) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 19218] & The Keep [LIB/509529] & West Sussex Libraries   View Online
Abstract:
In April 1604, Robert Johnson, rector of West Chiltington, had a difficult Sunday. His brother Henry's wife, 'having a child in her arms' dumped it near the rector's seat while her husband shouted, 'Here is your child; take it, for it is none of mine' - and left. Robert's response was to bring an action for defamation, and members of the congregation were called to testify. Their eye-witness accounts of the event are recorded in the deposition books of the bishop of Chichester's consistory court ¬along with those from hundreds of other cases heard in the 16th and 17th centuries. The depositions of such courts provide a unique record in describing such incidents which figure nowhere else in local or national archives. The consistory court proceedings rarely involved major events of the great or even the good: they focused on disputes between individuals over relatively mundane matters, principally matrimonial disagreements, the making of wills and the collecting of tithes - and of course defamation. But by their faithful recording of the witnesses' statements they have preserved a rich legacy of minor but often unique incidents which paint a picture of everyday life (and often its seamier side) in rural Sussex.
The stories they tell can be unexpected, often entertaining, and sometimes puzzling. Is there some recorded naval history behind the case of Agnes Daniell of Selsey, accused of bearing 'barters' by her profligacy with 'men of war'? Elsewhere they can tell of social tensions - evidenced by the road rage spat between James Pellett, vicar of Madehurst, and Richard Hobbes, one of the local gentry, who demanded: 'God's blood or God's wounds, will thou not give way: I am a better man than thou' - to which the vicar retorted that Hobbes 'not long before was but a capmaker.' Many of the cases reveal the serious impact of local gossip, particularly that involving the reputation of women. Agnes Nashe of Middleton understandably contested rumours that after a dubious sojourn in London she had 'burned' local Sussex men with venereal disease.
Thomas Herold of Pulborough reacted to a different kind of gossip when a neighbour asserted that 'he was a witch and did bewitch her husband's cattle'.
These nuggets of local material can also provide serious contributions in major historical areas - particularly in documenting farming activities. A dispute about tithe in Kirdford furnishes one of the earliest accounts of 'devonshiring' by which Wealden heathland was burnt and grubbed to produce improved agricultural land. Another tithe dispute in Oving describes how sluices were built to prevent tidal overflow from ruining the hay on the marshland.
While records of this period in other archives reflect the activities of the rich and owners of property - or the misdeeds of the seriously criminal - those of the church courts depict something much closer to the everyday life of the lower classes. Although their stories have survived in the archives of many English dioceses, they have not yet been fully exploited by historians: the secretary hand of the clerks does not make for easy reading and the patches of formulaic Latin can seem forbidding. But the difficulties can be overcome; the stories that emerge can be moving and entertaining; and above all they help us to hear the words of ordinary people and to see life through their eyes four centuries later. This book enables us to share the range of their experiences by publishing all the depositions from a register that covers the years 1603 to 1608. Perhaps these accounts of everyday life in rural Sussex may encourage others to mine such records in this county and beyond.