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Seaford Head



Seaford Head is an Iron Age hillfort, but it actually contains an older, early Bronze Age round barrow. Folklore seems to connect it with both the fairy folk and the Romans:
An almost unapproachable cave in the face of the cliff at Seaford Head is called (says M. A. Lower) Puck Church Parlour, and is the scene of an ancient superstition. A shepherd on the cliff top told me (1875) that it was called Buck Church; his boy had been in it, but he couldn't get down the face of the cliff. (1875.)
p162 in: Scraps of Folklore Collected by John Philipps Emslie
C. S. Burne
Folklore, Vol. 26, No. 2. (Jun. 30, 1915), pp. 153-170.

A short distance from the haven [Cuckmere Haven] a steep gulley leads to the beach with a convenient chain and rope to prevent too sudden a descent. It has been suggested that through this gap the Romans passed from their moored fleets to the fortified settlements above. It was at one time possible to descend by another opening higher up the cliff to a ledge called "Puck Church Parlour." This is now inaccessible except to seabirds.
From chapter 2 of 'Seaward Sussex', by Edric Holmes (1920).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th December 2006ce

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