Oaks, sharks and escape

FROM the pages of the Lewes Journal, December, 1816:

l The venerable oak at Northiam, famed for its size, and having given shelter to Queen Elizabeth, who once breakfasted under its extensive foliage on her way through the village to London, was last week partly blown down.

l One day last week, some of the Seaford fishermen caught in our bay a fish weighing 222lbs and which is said to be a young shark. It has been brought to this town [Lewes] and is to be dissected on Wednesday.

l On Wednesday last, Thomas Arnold of this town [Lewes] was committed to the House of Correction on a charge of stealing oats. But as one of the peace officers was conveying him to Lewes, he complained that the hand-cuffs put him to considerable pain.

Mr Hill, the officer, was humanely induced to release him from the pain of his manacles; but the fellow had no sooner obtained the prayer of his petition than he took to his heels and attempted to escape by way of Winterbourne Bottom, but he was defeated in his object and safely lodged in custody.

l We are requested to inform the Public that Baxter’s Gentleman’s Sussex Pocket Book is just published and selling by him at 37 High Street, Lewes.