Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for OUSE (The)

OUSE (The), a river of Sussex. It rises near St. Leonard's forest, and near Slaugham; runs east-south-eastward, past Lind field and Fletching; turns to asoutherly direction below Fletching, and goes in that direction to the vicinity of Isfield; is joined there by a large affluent, coming from the neighbourhood of May-field and past Uckfield; and, after the influx of that affluent, goes south-south-westward to the N neighbourhood of Lewes, and thence south-by-eastward, past Lewes, Southease, and Newhaven, to the sea at Newhaven harbour. Its total length of course is about 30 miles. The lower part of it, from Lewes to the sea, was once a broad estuary. Many of the knights who fought at the battle of Lewes in 1264, were drowned in its waters, or suffocated in its reaches of mud; and thebodies of not a few were afterwards discovered erect on their horses, and in complete armour. Brown lignite is found in some parts of its banks.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a river"   (ADL Feature Type: "rivers")
Administrative units: Sussex AncC
Place names: OUSE     |     OUSE THE     |     THE OUSE

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