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1866: Tour of newly built Horsgate House leads to dangerous fall

Brighton Gazette - Thursday 20 December 1866


– a serious accident happened to the Reverend J. O. Haweis of Warninglid on Tuesday se’nnight.

It appears that Mr and Mrs Haweis had made a call on Mr Bevan and stayed to lunch when Mr Bevan showed them over the house, newly erected at Horsegate farm and, and as they were passing a flight of stairs, Mr Haweis’ feet slipped, and he was precipitated from top to bottom, and, being an old man and rather decrepit, had no chance of saving himself, receiving an extensive scalp wound, and was besides much bruised and shaken.

Horsgate House

Luckily, no bones were broken, and Dr Saunders, of Cuckfield, being immediately summoned, dressed the Reverend gentleman's wounds; but he was so much injured that it was deemed advisable to put him to bed, although it was but little over 4 miles to his home. He is doing well, and has since been removed. Mr Haweis is highly respected in his neighbourhood for his benevolent and charitable disposition, and the accident is much regretted.

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