The Adventure of the Twenty Oxen

King Henry VII in the Star Chamber, July 1504

King Henry VII in the Star Chamber, July 1504

Over the centuries, residents of the parish of Edburton have been involved in all kinds of litigation. But the available records only document a single occasion on which one of these affairs ascended to the legal stratosphere that the Star Chamber used to represent. The case involved twenty oxen that may, or may not, have been stolen from Perching Manor.

KING & QUEEN’s ALMONER v. COOKE.
Dated 15 Feb., 4 and 5 Philip and Mary (1557-8).
No bill or other pleading.

Interrogatories to be ministered to John Cooke of [Edburton], co. Sussex, yeoman of the Queen’s Guard, and Thomas Cooke, his brother, concerning the unlawful taking and detaining of twenty oxen which were late of the goods of Edward Lawes, late of Pearching, “ffealon of hymselff”.

The interrogatories inquire (1) how many, and the names of those who took the cattle out of the pasture at Pearching, after the death of Edward Lawes; whither the oxen were driven, and in whose keeping they are; (2) Whether Edward Lawes did in his life-time sell the said oxen to John Cooke and William Davys, and for what sum of money, and upon what conditions.

John Cooke of Edburton deposes that the oxen were taken by his brother, Thomas Cooke, at his commandment, in the high way at Edburton, and driven to Waltham in Essex, and that eighteen were sold to Mistress Stacye, and two to a servant of Mr. Wrothe.

Thomas Cooke of St. Martin le Grand, in the City of London, haberdasher, deposes the taking of the oxen to Waltham.

The outcome of the case is unknown — the relevant documents disappeared in 1719.
[Excerpt from Percy D. Mundy, ed. 1913 Abstracts of Star Chamber Proceedings relating to the County of Sussex, Henry VII to Philip and Mary, Lewes: Sussex Record Society, page 102.]

Local WWII history pamphlet available now

Derek Martin WSCT March 2018
Pat Nightingale and Ken Wilson-Wheeler have just published World War Two in Beeding and Bramber, the follow-up to their WWI book. Like the earlier volume, this profusely illustrated 43 page pamphlet covers Beeding, Bramber, Edburton, Fulking and Small Dole. The topics include evacuees, conscription, the Home Guard, air raids, farming, Canadian soldiers, casualties, the war memorials, and brief biographies of those who died including Flight Sergeant James William Lucas (son of Percy Lucas) and Chief Officer John A. Ridge, both of Fulking.

The pamphlet is available at Steyning Bookshop in Steyning High Street and at Beeding Newsagents in Upper Beeding High Street, price £6. It should soon also be available from Steyning Museum. The first (WWI) book remains available at £12. Both items can also be ordered direct from Pat on 01903-812847.

Discomfontulator

discomfontulator
St. Andrew’s offers complete cardiac security for christenings: it has placed a defibrillator right next to the font. You can now be confident that the godparents will survive the event. Cases of human spontaneous combustion (less common) can be tackled with the adjacent fire extinguisher.

The HART team from Henfield are coming to St. Andrew’s on Sunday 4th February at 12:30pm, immediately after Graham Jeffery’s 11:00am service. They will demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of the new defibrillator. Everyone is welcome: turn up at 11:00am for the service, or 12:15pm onwards for the tutorial session.

Books for Christmas

The Changing Times of Fulking and Edburton
Very few new copies of the second edition (colour photos) of the original 2007 book now remain unsold — but you can secure one for £10.00 (one quarter of the current Amazon price for a second-hand copy). And, with your order, you will receive a copy of Volume 2 absolutely free. Copies of Volume 2 by itself will set you back a mere £2.00. Order direct from the author by email or telephone (01273 958488).

The Petworth End of Summer 200

cyclists

Sunday 29th October 2017

Stage 2 (40k) retracing back to Steyning you then pass through Bramber, before turning East through Edburton and Fulking. From Fulking you head North, avoiding many main roads, and pass through Wineham, Warninglid and Handcross, before arriving at the Pease Pottage Services.

They are likely to be blocking Clappers Lane and The Street for much of the morning.