Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

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The Manx Church Magazine - August 1938

My Dear People,

I am writing these notes from a delightful part of East Sussex, and from the hotel we have an uninterrupted view over pine forests to the south Downs. I am taking a locum tenancy at Cross-in-Hand, 15 miles from Eastbourne, where I spent my holidays last year. It is delightful country, and although the weather is not at all good, Mrs Watson and I have been able to get about and see many places of interest with which Sussex abounds. We have visited Eastbourne, Brighton, Seaford, Hastings, Bexhill, all seaside resorts on the South Coast, and also historical places as Battle Abbey, Lewes, Pevensey, Rye.

The climate is warmer and softer than the bracing Island climate but is very restful when one gets used to it. I am ministering in a lovely little country church, and we are able to visit a Sisters' chapel, a Retreat House which is four miles away.

The Sussex Churches are old and most beautiful, and windmills are a feature of the country. Perhaps the most attractive parts are the soft undulating downs, where shepherds tend thousands of sheep. There is a quietness and soft beauty about the South Downs which even the modern motor car cannot dispel.

From here I go to Whitby and spend the last two weeks of my holiday at the UMCA Summer School. I am sure you have given Father Wake a warm welcome, and my thoughts and conversation often turn to the Island.

With all good wishes,

Your sincere friend and Vicar,

Lewis C. Watson

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