THE HUNDRED OF WESTBOURNE
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
Of the two components of this hundred at the time of the Domesday
Survey the Hundred of 'Ghidentroi' (a name not found in any
later record) contained Compton, four Marden entries corresponding to the three parishes and West Marden, Racton and
Lordington, Stoughton, and Westbourne. (fn. 1) The other Domesday Hundred of
'Sillentone', or Singleton, contained Binderton, East Lavant, Mid Lavant, and
the great manor of Singleton, assessed at 97½ hides and including on either side
of it East and West Dean. (fn. 2) East Lavant, being a manor of the Archbishop of
Canterbury, was subsequently attached to the Hundred of Pagham (or Aldwick).
The two hundreds continued to be separate entities for some six centuries,
though Singleton occasionally figures as a half-hundred, as for instance in 1262, (fn. 3)
1288, (fn. 4) 1296, and 1332, (fn. 5) but as a full hundred in 1278 (fn. 6) and 1327. (fn. 7) What the
significance of the term 'half-hundred' was is obscure. A valuation of the honor
of Arundel in 1525 gives the average yearly issues of the Hundred of 'Boorne'
as 28s. 8d. and those of the Hundred of Singleton as 12s. 6d. (fn. 8) The two were
permanently united before the end of the 16th century, (fn. 9) though exactly
when, why, and how has not been ascertained.
V.C.H. Suss. i, 425–6.
||Ibid. 389, 421.
||Assize R. 912, m. 47.
||Ibid. 924, m. 68.
Suss. Rec. Soc. x, 97, 341.
||Assize R. 921, m. 22 d.
Suss. Rec. Soc. x, 124.
||Tierney, Hist. of Arundel, 728.
||The double hundred is found continuously in the Quarter Sessions records from their start in 1594.