One of the most famous iron-masters of England was Ralph Hogge of Buxted who cast the first English iron cannon at Buxted in 1543. He was assisted by Peter Baude, a French brass-gunfounder of Houndsditch. The name Hogge is assumed to be the same as Huggett in the local couplet:
|"Master Huggett and his man John|
They did cast the first cannon."
Ralph Hogge probably had several foundries in the neighbourhood and in 1581 he built the Hogge House, Buxted, recording his name and the date in the form of a cast-iron rebus over the door.
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