Horsfield’s History & Antiquities of Lewes and its Vicinity

This illustrated book was published in 1824 by J Baxter and written by Rev Thomas Walker Horsfield who was the Minister of West Gate Chapel (1817-27) includes additional material from Gideon Mantell. Volume I includes an appendix of the Natural History of Lewes by Gideon Mantell FRS.There are descriptions of the bones, beads, pots and other antiquities found by Mantell in his searches around the hills of the town. Click on the link to view the book online as a Google facsimile

Contained within the 350 plus pages is a comprehensive history of the town as was known at the time in an extremely readable style. There are illustrated plates included in the book which are familiar to many people as pictures in their own right.  The only possible chapters now contested are the sections describing Lewes as a Roman garrison.



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