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Easebourne Priory
Easebourne is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area17.95 km2 (6.93 sq mi) [1]
Population1,820. 2011 Census[2]
• Density96/km2 (250/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU894225
• London44 miles (71 km) NE
Civil parish
  • Easebourne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGU29
Dialling code01730
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
West Sussex
50°59′45″N 0°43′34″W / 50.99583°N 0.72601°W / 50.99583; -0.72601Coordinates: 50°59′45″N 0°43′34″W / 50.99583°N 0.72601°W / 50.99583; -0.72601

Easebourne (/ˈɛzbɔːrn/) is a village, Anglican parish and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is half a mile (0.8 km) north of Midhurst, across the River Rother on the A272 and A286 roads. The parish includes the hamlet of Henley to the north. In the 2001 census there were 708 households with a total population of 1,717 of whom 785 were economically active.


Easebourne (Eseburne[3]) was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as an ancient Hundred, an extensive area reaching as far afield as Graffham and Cocking to the south, Stedham to the west and Tillington to the east, as well as two hamlets that were not parishes: Todham to the southeast[4] and Buddington to the west;[5] in total it included 12 settlements containing 276 households.[6]

In 1861, the population was 859, and the area of the parish 4,043 acres (1,636 ha).[7]


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward includes Lodsworth and at the 2011 census had a population of 2,492.[8]


There is one public house in Easebourne, the White Horse, and one in Henley, the Duke Of Cumberland. The Rother Inn closed in 1994 and the Holly Tree in 2004. Cowdray Park, to the east of the village, has a golf course, and is home to a first-class polo club.


The parish church of St Mary is 13th century or earlier.[9] The parish includes the hamlet of Henley to the north, where there was a Mission Hall established in 1885, since closed.[10] In the 2001 census there were 708 households with a total population of 1,717 of whom 785 were economically active.

Notable buildings[edit]

Adjacent to the polo grounds lie the ruins of the Tudor Cowdray House, built as a Tudor mansion with castle features. Started in 1520, it was completed by 1542, but was devastated by fire in 1793. It has not been occupied since.

Easebourne Priory was built for ten Augustinian canonesses and was founded before 1238 by the de Bohun family who were from St. Ann's Hill in nearby Midhurst.

On the northern edge of Easebourne village on the A286 road Budgenor Lodge, recently converted into luxury flats, is the former Midhurst Union Workhouse which was opened in 1794 by a Gilbert Union of seventeen parishes. From 1835 it was run and enlarged by the Midhurst Poor Law Union, serving 26 parishes.[11]

Notable people[edit]

Anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph was born in the village in 1905.[12] Rear-Admiral Francis Buller lived in Easebourne in retirement.[13] Actors Laurence Fox and Billie Piper were married in St Mary's Church in 2007.[14]


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ Coates, Richard (2017). A Dictionary of Sussex Place-Names (PDF). University of the West of England, Bristol. p. 18. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Open Domesday: (Great and Little) Todham". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Open Domesday: Buddington". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Open Domesday: Easebourne Hundred". Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ "GENUKI: Easebourne". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  9. ^ "The Parish Church of St Mary, Easebourne". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Henley Mission Hall, Henley Common". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  11. ^ Peter Higginbotham's Workhouse website
  12. ^ "South African History Online: Helen Joseph". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Easebourne Admiral's death". Hampshire Telegraph. 23 July 1943. p. 13.
  14. ^ "Church wedding for Piper and Fox". BBC News. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2019.

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