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The two modern writers who have been concerned most with the Sussex windmill are Mr. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is appealing for funds to be applied to the preservation of certain selected windmills, and will shortly publish a series of booklets on windmills, by counties. The Sussex Archaeological Trust has taken over the guardianship of Oldland Mill, on Ditchling Common, and asks for subscriptions for repairs to the mill.-A. At the beginning of the conflict, Richard, Earl of Cornwall, younger brother of King Henry, had, with his youthful son, Edward, taken up his position to the south as commander of the left wing.He had, not long before, been made King of the Alamanni (a German tribe), and styled himself "King of the Romans and always August "-an affix to his German dignity.
"The Times" and other newspapers have recently drawn attention to the fact that the windmill is fast disappearing, especially in Sussex.Soon after the opening of the battle Prince Edward, who had chosen his position to the north, or right, where he faced his hated enemies, the Londoners, had furiously charged them with a following of young cavalrymen, thus leaving the centre-behind which the King had placed himself in reserve-in the air.The Londoners, although in their zeal they had sought the foremost position of the left in the dispositions made by De Montfort, lacked sufficient discipline to withstand the impetuosity of the Prince's headlong charge. In a few minutes they were scattered in a widely spread stream of fleeing men, which flowed down the hill towards the Ouse, Edward's cavalry striking the footmen to earth, and pursuing those who still fled until they were lost to the view of the army on the summit of the hill.Thus early in the battle the two wings of the opposing forces-the King's right and the Barons' left-were cleared off the field of the main conflict.Edward's apparent success animated the King of the Romans to even greater prowess than this, for he had observed in the distance the litter in which De Montfort, who was suffering from a fall from his horse, had travelled to the field of battle.Thus, a Sussex windmill26 came for the first time into the history books. a mill at Winchelsea received a similar distinction" When the King was dwelling at Winchelsea," says Thomas of Walsingham, " he proposed to go one day to the port to take a view of his fleet, and having entered the town, when he had just ridden over against the bulwarks, and.
was about to survey the fleet at the lowest station, it happened that he approached a certain windmill, of which there were several in the town; and his horse being frightened with the noise of the mill and with the quickly revolving sails, refused to proceed; and as the horse was vigorously urged on by the King by whip and spur, he leapt over the bulwarks; upon which out of the multitude of horse and foot who followed the King, or had collected to have a look at him, no one thought but that the King had perished, or at least had been stunned by the leap.
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