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Well Green Jay it was certainly very beautiful (and very sunny & warm) in East Sussex as well, the day we travelled a bit further and went over the border into your neck of the woods - We went to Battle to see where the Battle of Hastings actually happened and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in this period of history, the audio guide there really brought the whole place to life - which is no mean feat when you think about it when all you are looking at is some ruins and a field! (although the gatehouse to the abbey was spectacular!) The visitor centre was quite good as well with a video explaining all about the Battle narrated by David Starkey shown on a loop.

We also went to Pevensey to see the castle there, as we were told it sort of linked in with Battle as it was where William landed and stayed overnight before going up to where the town of Battle is now, and we were going to go to Hastings as well, but were advised against it by a number of locals at Bexhill on Sea where we stopped off briefly, as it was when the whole country had gone mad rioting and we were told that on that particular day Hastings had shut down and was overrun with police as there had been talk of trouble happening there that evening. I don't know if anything did crack off - and nothing was mentioned on the local news afterwards but we didn't take the risk.

Going back to your question though and Caro's response I personally don't know, but at that time I don't think there was any standard spelling, there was no right or wrong way of spelling words, I recall seeing a documentary on it once. But having said that, even nowadays pronunciation of modern words can be different with variations depending on different factors.

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