Minnis Rock

From Historical Hastings

This sandstone outcrop on the side of the East Hill at High Wickham with three openings carved into it is something of a local landmark. Cousins refers to it as possibly being a hermitage, with reference made to a statement made by Moss that during 1783, an elderly couple, having been evicted from the Workhouse for some misbehaviour took up residence within the rock.[1]. The openings have certainly been in place since at least 1663 - a sketch of that date featuring the caves[2].


An alternative spelling of the name is that of 'Minesse'. The name may also be a corruption of 'Menys', which is Old British for steep ascent[3]


Sussex Archaeological Coll. Vol 14 has the 'Great Meadow' as being situated in the vicinity of the Minnis Rock. Whereas in the Deed of Partition executed upon the death of John Collier between his five daughters, there is mention of 'The Rocky Field' as being one of five parts of 'The Minness' - possibly making the Old British the more likely etymology[4]


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