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NOTES AND QUERIES, tiis. XL APRIL 24,1915.


the banners of the former Knights of the Bath from the Abbey in July, 1913. As a member of the Calcutta Historical Society I visited the Chapel of Henry VII. at the time of the removal, and was permitted to inspect a pile of the banners taken down from over the stalls. I afterwards ascer- tained, however, that the Francis banner had already been taken away, though the knight's stall -plate remained (and I assume still remains) under the stall-seat over which the banner had hung, very near the end (the last but one, I think) of the row of stalls nearest the altar to the right as you. face the altar. I then suggested to the Vicar of Mortlake Church that, in the event of there being no one particularly interested in the retention of the banner in private possession, it might be very fittingly deposited in his church in the vicinity of Sir Philip's grave as a permanent memento of a distinguished Englishman, whatever his failings. The Vicar approved of the idea, followed it up to the point of finding that Mr. Philip Francis had obtained the derelict, and wrote to me accordingly.

Now that Mr. Francis has passed away at an advanced age, it may so happen that his representatives might be glad to place the banner either in Mortlake Church or the Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta ; and I am addressing : N. & Q.' in the hope that, should my suggestion meet the eye of any one i:i a position to influence the final disposal of the relic, consideration might be given to it. The banner is of historical interest, and more suitable for preservation in a church or public building than in a private house. Before being taken down it had seemel to me, as seen from below, to be tolerably intact, and to have withstood the desijca- tioii of the London atmosphere of many years better than had some of its (probably older) companions which (with exceeding- tenderness) I had an opportunity of handling strange, meagre survivals these of a former brilliance ; gaunt things, shadowy to the eye, and crinkling to the touch. Where is Sir Philip's banner to-day ?

WlLMOT CORFIELD.

27, Longton Grove, Sydenham, S.E.


iN"/' In the biography of John Coakley Lettsom, M.D. in ' Illustrations of the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century,' by John Nichols, vol. ii., 1817, p. 657, it is said that he " was born in December, 1744. . . . and was one of a twin." Is not " one of a

twin " an unusual phrase ?

ROBERT PIERPOINT.


HANGLETON. The isolated church of Hangleton, dedicated to St. Helen, is a con- spicuous object from two golf-links, arid from the railway from Brighton to the Dyke, and many must have wondered how it came to be where it is. It is said that the total population of the parish (which is now T united to that of St. Nicholas, Port- slade) is under forty, including children. It has also been stated that there was at one time a cell of Boxgrave Priory at Hangleton, but there is no mention of any such cell in the ' List of English Religious Houses ' appended to Cardinal Gasquet's ' English Monastic Life.'

The Manor House, now a farm, was built for the Bellingham family in 1594.

The Times of 10 Oct., 1914, contained this paragraph : -

" Hangleton, near Brighton, which has just been disposed of by Messrs. Giddy & Giddy, once belonged to Sir Philip Sidney. It has been In the possession of one family since 1097. In the kitchen is an oak board bearing the Ten Com- mandments."

When and how did Hangleton come to be in the possession of Sir Philip Sidney ? What is the name of the family which held it from 1697 to 1914 ?

The board with the Ten Commandments had, in addition, this curious exercise on the letter E :

Persevere, ye perfect men : Ever keep these precepts ten.

There is nothing legible, however, now. Is this distich to be found elsewhere ?

Edward Vaughan Kenealy, LL.D., Q.C., M.P., counsel for the Tichborne Claimant, who was disbarred for his conduct in that famous trial, is buried in Hangleton Church- yard in a tomb decorated with mosaics, erected by the pennies of his Parliamentary constituents.

It is a curious spot in which to find a somewhat strident monument to so vehe- ment a personality ; but time is toning all crudities down, and the tomb is already sagging. JOHN B. W^AINEWRIGHT.

" THE NEW SHOOL," STAMFORD HILL. Strikingly situated in an open and elevated position in Egerton Road with Izaak Walton's stream flowing in the distance surrounded by a belt of down, field, and common, within easy reach of the hamlets Clapton, Walthamstow T , and Tottenham, the magnificent pile consecrated by the Chief Rabbi on Sunday, March 21, is assuredly destined to revive the glories of its dismantled namesake, formerlv located