The Second and Seventh Volumes of the Sussex Record
Society contain Calendars of the Feet of Fines relating
to the county from the earliest period (Richard I.), down to
the end of the reign of Edward I. For the period from
Henry VIII. to 1833, when Fines were abolished, all the
Fines relating to advowsons and manors were abstracted by
the late Mr. E. H. W. Dunkin, F.S.A., and published in
the Nineteenth and Twentieth Volumes of the Society.
This Volume completes the series, and contains abstracts
of all the Fines for the period 1307—1509.
In making use of this, or any other similar calendar of
ancient records, it must be borne in mind that, generally
speaking, it is impossible to distinguish between n, u and v
or between in and m; for instance, the name occurring in
Fine No. 2322 may be read Dannvere, Daunvere, Dammere or Daminere: in this particular case I decided on
the second of these forms as the more probable, but I see
that in the "Return of Members of Parliament" printed
in S.A.C., xxxii, the same man occurs on p. 142 as Dammere, and on p. 147 as Daunvere. In another case I have
been unable to decide whether the name should be Ingler
or Jugler. When, as occasionally happens, the scribe
makes a careful distinction between u and n, it will not
infrequently be found that he has copied his original notes
wrongly, as in No. 1439, where Houve is carefully mis-spelt
Houne. Confusion between c and t is less frequent in the
period dealt with in this Volume than in the thirteenth
century. In searching for any particular name it is well
to remember that y and i are interchangeable, and that e
often equates with a (Barnham and Warnham being almost
invariably spelt Bernham and Wernham), and o with u (e.g.,
Compton or Cumpton, Sonningly or Sunningly).
L. F. S.