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War-Bill-in-Tun

Church Hill, Warbleton, Heathfield, East Sussex

A ‘bill’ was the word for several different kinds of sword-like weapons; so, this is a play on words on the inn and village name. The original inn was 13th century, with it is first recorded as having an innkeeper in 1642 at the outbreak of the English Civil War. It exhibits ghostly manifestations. these include Richard Woodman, a Sussex iron-founder, who was burned at the stake at Lewes as a heretic. Woodman had called his Rector ‘Mr. Facing-both-ways’ for being a protestant under Henry 8th and a catholic under Queen Mary. Woodman had taken refuge at this inn before he was captured and taken away to his execution. Following this, his ghost returned to haunt the pub.
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