The Early History , Cival War Period. 1642 – 1651.

There is some evidence that there was a garrison based on the estate during this turbulent period, and that they changed sides on several occasions.

Sussex escaped the worst ravages of the English Civil War, although in 1642 there were sieges at Arundel, Slindon and Chichester, and a skirmish at Haywards Heath when Royalists marching towards Lewes were intercepted by local Parliamentarians. The Royalists were routed with around 200 killed or taken prisoner. Despite its being under Parliamentarian control, Charles II was able to journey through the county after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 to make his escape to France from the port of Shoreham.

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