Rape of Pevensey

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Rape of Pevensey
The keep of Pevensey Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape
The keep of Pevensey Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape
The Rape of Pevensey - Sussex.svg
The Rape of Pevensey shown within Sussex
 • 1821228,930 acres (926.4 km2)
 • 1831228,930 acres (926.4 km2)
 • 182144,830
 • 183149,776
 • 18210.20 inhabitants per acre (49/km2)
 • 18310.22 inhabitants per acre (54/km2)
 • Created6th to 11th century
 • Succeeded bySussex (eastern division)
StatusRape (county subdivision)
 • HQPevensey
 • TypeHundreds
 • UnitsAlciston, Bishopstone, Burleigh Arches, Danehill, Horsted, Dill, East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Flexborough, Hartfield, Longbridge, Loxfield Dorset, Loxfield Pelham, Pevensey Lowey, Ringmer, Rotherfield, Rushmonden, Shiplake, Totnore, Willingdon

The Rape of Pevensey (also known as Pevensey Rape) is one of the rapes, the traditional sub-divisions unique to the historic county of Sussex in England. With an area of 228,930 acres (926.4 km2) it is the largest of the Sussex rapes.


William the Conqueror granted the rape of Pevensey to his half-brother Robert, Count of Mortain shortly after the Norman Conquest.


Pevensey rape lies between the rape of Lewes to the west and the rape of Hastings to the east. The north-west of the rape is bounded by the county of Surrey and the north-east of the rape by the county of Kent. To the south lies the English Channel. The rape of Pevensey includes the towns of Crowborough, Eastbourne and East Grinstead. At 242 metres (794 ft) tall, Crowborough Beacon in the High Weald is the highest point in the rape.


The rape is traditionally divided into the following hundreds:

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