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Prime arms

Prime arms, showing the family motto nil invita Minerva (Nothing in spite of genius)

By 1830 there was widespread destruction of farm machinery and burning of houses, hay ricks and barns in the southern and eastern counties. The courts sentenced 19 men to hang, imprisoned 644 men and transported 481 rioters to Australia. With rebellion in the air Parliament passed legislation to allow parishes to use the poor rate to ship paupers overseas. Richard Prime, a magistrate and landlord of Walberton House, became involved with the Petworth Emigration Committee, organized by the Earl of Egremont from his Petworth Estate, some 10 miles north of Walberton. This scheme was only one of the many such schemes but it was important for the Noice Family as it was their local route to the New World. 5 of Edward and Phillis's 12 children took advantage of these schemes and settled in Canada and America.

Walberton House is a most attractive building where the remains of a 'ha ha' (a sunken fence or wall) can be seen.

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Gives the Prime arms as "Argent a human leg erased at the thigh in pale sable." No mention of impalement with "vert three running dogs". (Those arms may be those of Hunter of Calderwood: "Vert, three dogs of the chase courant argent collared or" suggesting that Richard Prime's wife was a Hunter)