Rape of Arundel

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Rape of Arundel
The Norman Motte of Arundel Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape
 • 1831 132,800 acres (537 km2)
 • 1801 22,478
 • 1811 24,276
 • 1831 31,064
 • 1831 0.23 inhabitants per acre (57/km2)
 • Created 6th to 11th century
 • Succeeded by Sussex (western division)
Status Rape (county subdivision)
 • HQ Arundel
 • Type Hundreds
 • Units Avisford (named Binsted in 1086 but had its later name by 1166),[1] Bury, Poling, Rotherbridge, West Easwrith

The Rape of Arundel is one of the rapes, the traditional sub-divisions unique to the historic county of Sussex in England.

The population of the rape of Arundel was 22,478 in 1801,[2] falling to 24,276 in 1811.[2]


The rape of Chichester lies to its west and the rape of Bramber lies to its east. To the north the rape is bounded by the county of Surrey and to the south by the English Channel. The rape of Arundel includes the towns of Arundel and Littlehampton. Its highest point is Glatting Beacon on the South Downs, which is 245 metres (804 ft) tall.

Historical population[edit]

Population 1801–1831
Year Pop. ±%
1801 22,478 —    
1811 24,276 +8.0%
1821 28,615 +17.9%
1831 31,064 +8.6%


The rape is traditionally divided into the following hundreds:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/sussex/vol5/pt1/pp102-104
  2. ^ a b Dallaway, James (1815). A History of the Western Division of the County of Sussex, Volume 1. T. Bensley. 

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