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    A

    Alchin
    Alsihorne:
    Lost.

    Aldingbourne
    Aldingeborne: Bishop of Chichester and Robert, Hugh and Alfward from him. Church.
    Norman church with carving by cathedral masons.

    Aldrington
    Eldretune: Godfrey from William de Braose. Hall.
    Mid-Victorian suburb.

    Alfriston
    Alvricestone: Gilbert and Ranulf from Count of Mortain.
    Once a medieval market town; timber-framed buildings; Saxon cemetery by South Downs Way.

    Allington
    Alintune / Alitone: Ralph, Hugh and Nigel from William de Warenne.
    Allington Farm.

    Amberley
    Ambrelie: Bishop of Chichester and William the Cleric, Aldred the Priest, Baldwin, Ralph, Theodoric and Guard from him.
    Picturesque. Manor house built by a bishop 1150-60 was converted into a castle by Bishop Rede, c.1380.

    Angmering
    Angemare / Langemare: Warin and Geoffrey from Earl Roger and William de Braose.
    Expanding; Roman villa; early Neolithic flint mines at Harrow Hill.

    Annington
    Haningedune: William de Braose. Church.
    Now Botolphs; Saxon church; Annington Hill; Annington Farm.

    Applesham
    Aplesham: William from William de Braose. Mill, 2 salthouses.
    Adjoining Lancing College; situated on estuarial Adur, hence the ancient salthouses.

    Arlington
    Herlintone: Count of Eu.
    Quiet.

    Arundel
    Harundel: Earl Roger. Fishery, castle, mill (10 measures of wheat, 10 measures of rough corn).
    Hilltop town with a Roman Catholic cathedral and famous cricket ground. Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury's castle, built soon after the Conquest, was later enlarged and is now the home of the Duke of Norfolk.

    Ashburnham
    Esseborne: Robert de Criel from Count of Eu. Church, 3 salthouses.
    Name of a parish with many hamlets in wooded country, church with monuments to the Ashburnhams, a pre-Conquest family.

    Ashcombe
    Acescome: William FitzReginald from William de Warenne.
    Georgian Ashcombe House.

    Ashington
    Essingetune: Robert from William de Braose.
    Large; much ribbon development.

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    Balmer
    Berge / Burgemere: Gozo from William de Warenne. Small church.
    St. Mary's Farm nearby.

    Barcombe
    Bercham: William de Watteville from William de Warenne. Church, 3½ mills.
    Scattered; 3 mills in mid-Victorian times, none remains; Norman church.

    Barkham
    Bercheham: Gilbert and Warner from Count of Mortain.
    Barkham Manor House.

    Barlavington
    Berleventone: Robert from Earl Roger. 2 mills.
    Downland.

    Barnham
    Berneham: William from Earl Roger. Church, mill.
    Norman church; Jacobean manor house.

    Bathurst
    Wasingate: Battle Church from Reinbert.
    Wooded.

    Battle
    La Batailge: Battle Abbey.
    Small town around the abbey built by William after the Battle of Hastings on the spot where Harold died, and consecrated in 1094.

    Bechington
    Bechingetone:
    Lost.

    Beddingham
    Bed(d)ingham / Beling(e)ham: Count of Eu; Count of Mortain and Godfrey, Gilbert and Abbot of Grestain from him. 4 salthouses, mill.
    On the Ouse marshes; Iron and Bronze Age settlements nearby.

    Beech (in Battle)
    Bece: Abbot of Battle and Osbern from Count of Eu.
    Isolated; Beech Farm.

    Bellhurst
    Bellest: William from Count of Eu.
    Isolated; Bellhurst Farm.

    Benefeld
    Benefelle:
    Lost.

    Bepton
    Babintone: Geoffrey from Earl Roger. Church.
    Scattered; 13th century church.

    Berth
    Berts:
    Lost.

    Berwick
    Berewice / Bervice: Reinbert from Count of Eu. Mill, 2 fisheries.
    Quiet.

    Bevendean
    Bevedene: Walter from William de Warenne.
    Downland; part of suburban Brighton.

    Beverington
    Bevringetone:
    Lost.

    Bexhill
    Bexelei: Count of Eu and Osbern, Venning, William de Sept-Meules, Robert St. Leger, Reinbert, Ansketel, Robert of Criel and Geoffrey and Roger from him. 2 churches.
    Late-Victorian seaside resort; originally Saxon church; 14th century manor house.

    Bilsham
    Bilesham: Hugh from Earl Roger.
    Secluded.

    Binderton
    Bertredtone: Earl Roger. Church.
    Roadside; ruined late 17th century chapel.

    Binsted
    Benestede: Osmelin from Earl Roger.

    Birchgrove
    Bontegraue: William from Count of Mortain.
    Wooded.

    Birdham
    Brideham: William from Earl Roger. Mill, 2 fisheries.
    Expanding; on Chichester harbour.

    Bishopstone
    Biscopestone: Bishop of Chichester and Geoffrey, Harold and Richard from him.
    Saxon church with a sundial bearing the name BADRIC.

    Bodiam
    Bodeham: Osbern from Count of Eu. Hall.
    Edward Dalyngrydge's castle, now National Trust-owned, built during the Hundred Years War in 1385; moat from his manor house.

    Bosham
    Boseham: King's land with Bishop Osbern of Exeter holding the church. 11 mills, 2 fisheries, salthouse.
    Church, with many Saxon features, that appeared on the Bayeux tapestry; manor house. In 1064 Harold sailed from here to Normandy.

    Bowley Bogelie Lost.

    Boxgrove
    Bosgrave: William from Earl Roger.
    Priory church from the Benedictine monastery founded in 1117.

    Bramber
    Brembre: William de Braose. Castle.
    Joined by new housing to Steyning; once a medieval port. De Broase's keep dates from soon after the Conquest.

    Brambletye
    Branbertei: Ralph from Count of Mortain. Mill.

    Brightling
    Brislinga: Robert from Count of Eu. Church. Woodland.
    Surrounded by woodlands. 'Mad Jack' Fuller, a Regency eccentric, lived at Brightling Park.

    Brighton
    Bristelme(s)tune: Ralph, Widard and William de Watteville from William de Warenne. 4000 herrings, church.
    Major seaside resort, a small fishing village until the mid-18th century, where Richard Russell promoted the medicinal uses of sea-water; the Pavilion was built for the Prince Regent by Henry Holland, 1787.

    Broadwater
    Bradewatre: Robert from William de Braose. Church, mill.
    Suburb of Worthing.

    Brockhurst
    Biochest: Ansfrid from Count of Mortain.

    Broomham
    Brunham: Venning the priest from Count of Eu.

    Broughton
    Bortone:
    Lost.

    Buddington
    Botintone: Robert from Earl Roger.
    Buddington Farm.

    Bullington
    Bol(l)lintun:
    Lost.

    Buncton
    Bongetune: Robert from William de Braose. Mill.
    Under Chanctonbury Ring; church, c.1070.

    Burgham
    Burgeham: Reinbert from Count of Eu.
    Isolated; on the River Limden.

    Burleigh
    Berchelie: William from Count of Mortain.
    Burleigh House Farm.

    Burpham
    Bercheham: Roger from Earl Roger. Church.
    Early Norman church.

    Burton
    Botechitone: Robert from Earl Roger. Mill, fishery (260 eels).
    Idyllic setting; Burton Mill pond, surrounded by woods.

    Bury
    Berie: Abbot of Fécamp. Church, fishery.
    Early Norman church.

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    Catsfield
    Cedesfeld / felle: Waring from Battle Abbey and Count of Eu. Small church, mill which serves the Hall.
    Church and manor house.

    Chalvington
    Calvintone / Caveltone: Count of Eu and Reinbert from him; Count of Mortain and Ansfrid from him.

    Chancton
    Cengeltune: Richard and Theodbert from William de Braose.
    Area near the Iron Age Chanctonbury Ring, a hill-fort containing the sites of 2 Roman buildings.

    Charleston
    Cerlocestone: Durand and Hubert from Count of Mortain.
    Charleston Farm, an isolated homestead; Iron Age and Roman settlements.

    Charlston
    Cerletone: Ralph from Count of Mortain. 3 salthouses.
    Manor house with a late Norman window; medieval dovecote; salt marshes nearby.

    Chichester
    Cicestre: Earl Roger. City, church, mill. Cathedral city.
    The medieval town was built over the Roman city, part of whose walls survive. The ancient street plan and a few medieval buildings remain.

    Chiddingley
    Cetelingei: Ralph and Godwin from Count of Mortain. Mill.
    Tudor mansion.

    Chithurst
    Titeherste: Morin from Earl Roger. Small church, mill (100 eels).
    Riverside.

    Chollington
    Clotintone: Heming from Count of Mortain.
    Suburb of Eastbourne.

    Clapham
    Clopeham: Gilbert from William de Braose.
    Quiet.

    Claverham
    Clave(s)ham / Clavreham: Reinbert and William from Count of Eu; Count of Mortain and Alfred, Morin and Hugh from him.
    Lower Claverham Farm; medieval moat, probably the site of the manor house.

    Clayton
    Claitune: William de Watteville's wife from William de Warenne. Church.
    Mainly Saxon church with wall paintings of c.1140; house called 'The Warenne'.

    Climping
    Clepinges: Almenesches Abbey and St. Martin's of Sees from Earl Roger in alms. Church.
    Coastal; church (c.1170).

    Cocking
    Cochinges: Robert from Earl Roger. Church, 5 mills.
    On a stream in the South Downs; church, c.1080.

    Cokeham
    Cocheham: Ralph and Ralph Theodoric from William de Braose, formerly Earl Harold. Salthouse.
    In coastal suburbs of Lancing.

    Compton (near Harting)
    Contone: Geoffrey from Earl Roger. Church.
    Pretty; Norman church; Neolithic long barrow.

    Compton (in West Firle)
    Contone:
    Lost.

    Coombes
    Cumbe: William FitzNorman from William de Braose. Church, salthouses.
    Tiny church, c.1080; salt marshes.

    Cootham
    Codeham: Robert from Earl Roger.

    Crowhurst
    Crohe(r)st: Walter and Walter FitzLambert from Count of Eu, formerly Earl Harold.
    Scattered; remains of a manor house built c.1360 by the Earl of Richmond.

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    Dallington
    Dalintone: Count of Eu and William from him.
    Wooded.

    Dankton
    Dentune:
    Lost.

    Donnington
    Cloninctune: Winchester Abbey before and after 1066.
    Straggling; Donnington Manor.

    Duncton
    Donechitone: Robert from Earl Roger. Church, 4 mills, 2 fisheries (360 eels).
    Church; Duncton Mill, Duncton Manor Farm.

    Durrington
    Derentune: Robert from William de Braose, formerly Earl Harold. Church.
    An outer suburb of Worthing.

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    Eastbourne
    Borne / Burne: Count of Mortain and Reinbert from him. Mill, fishery, 16 salthouses.
    Seaside resort, expanded c.1851 on the initiative of the 7th Duke of Devonshire of Compton Place.

    East Chiltington
    Childe(l)tune: Robert and Godfrey from William de Warenne. ½ mill.
    Quiet; Old Mill House.

    East Dean
    Esdene: Wibert and Walter from Count of Eu.
    Expanding; church with a Saxon tower and 11th century nave.

    Eastergate
    Gate: St. Martin's of Sees from Earl Roger, formerly Earl Harold. Church.
    Straggling; isolated Norman church; Elizabethan manor farm.

    Easthall
    Eshalle: Walter and Ralph FitzGunfrid from Count of Mortain.
    Absorbed in Eastbourne.

    East Hampnet
    Antone: William from Earl Roger.

    East Lavington
    Levitone: Richard from Bishop Osbern of Exeter. Church.
    Under the Downs; Early English church.

    East Preston
    Prestetune: Robert from Earl Roger. 3 salthouses.
    Now coastal suburbia.

    Eaton(s)
    Etune: William FitzBonnard from William de Braose.
    Eatons Farm.

    Eckington
    Achiltone / Achintone / Alchitone / Echentone / Eschintone / Hechestone: Count of Eu and Osbern, Walter and Reinbert from him; Count of Mortain and William from him.
    Eckington Manor; Eckington Lodge; Eckington Corner.

    Elsted
    Halestede: Bishop Osbern of Exeter, before and after 1066. Mill, church.
    Compact; partly 11th century church.

    Erringham
    Eringeham: William de Braose.
    Old Erringham Farm.

    Etchingwood
    Achingeworde: Osbern from Count of Eu.

    Ewhurst
    Werste: Count of Eu.
    Dispersed.

    Exceat
    Essete: Walter and Heming, the pre-Conquest holder, from Count of Mortain.
    Farm.

    Eyelid
    Ellede / Eslede: Count of Eu and Hugh from him.
    Eyelids Farm.

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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