THE HUNDRED OF EASEBOURNE
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
At the time of the Domesday Survey Easebourne itself was represented by
the vills of Buddington and Todham. (fn. 1) The large block of land (6,800
acres) immediately to the north, later forming the parishes of Fernhurst and Linchmere, is unaccounted for and must still have been
unsettled woodlands. Lodsworth, for some unknown reason, was surveyed
under Surrey. There was also a long narrow strip, 8 miles from north to south
with an average width of ½ mile or less, constituting North and South Ambersham, which was a detached portion of the parish of Steep in Hampshire and
formed part of that county until the 19th century, when the Ambershams
were united respectively to Fernhurst and Selham. The parish of West
Lavington was constituted in 1850 from a detached portion of the parish of
In 1278 it was shown that for the past hundred years the bailiffs of the
Earls of Arundel had held the court of the Hundred of Easebourne under a
certain ash tree at Midhurst. In that year at attempt to prevent this was made
by certain persons to whom Sir John de Bohun had granted the lordship of the
town of Midhurst. (fn. 2) It is possibly significant that on the Subsidy Rolls for 1296
Midhurst is called a 'hundred', (fn. 3) though on later occasions it is termed a
'borough'. (fn. 4) The site of the hundred court in later times is uncertain.
Although the hundred as a whole belonged to Earl Roger, and later to the
honor of Arundel, Woolbeding, Iping, and Lodsworth were held in chief of
the king in 1086 (fn. 5) and were therefore outside the rape.
V.C.H. Suss. i, 422–3.
||Assize R. 914, m. 17 d.
Suss. Rec. Soc. x, 93.
||Ibid. 115, 226.
V.C.H. Suss. i, 450–1.