There are court rolls
of Ashington manor for part of the periods 1526-30
and 1559-1604, and for the period 1618-1906. (fn. 79)
Twenty-eight courts were held during the 18th
century, frequency increasing after 1770; in the 19th
century 16 were held, the last in 1887. Some business
was treated out of court after 1754. In the later 18th
and earlier 19th centuries the court was held at a
house on Ashington common, (fn. 80) and in 1867 at the
Swan inn. (fn. 81) Business concerning encroachment and
the building of cottages on the common wastes was
frequent in the 17th and 18th centuries; in 1618 and
1657 unringed hogs found on Ashington common
incurred fines of 4d. for each default. A bailiff was
recorded in 1593 and 1672, a beadle in 1721, and a
reeve in 1743 and later.
No reference to courts of either West Wolves or
Buncton manor has been found.
Churchwardens were recorded from 1548. Usually
there were two, but for long periods in the 18th and
19th centuries only one. (fn. 82) There was a chapelwarden
at Buncton in 1636. (fn. 83) A single overseer was mentioned in 1642, (fn. 84) and a parish constable is said to
have been elected in 1877 and earlier. (fn. 85) In 1789
Ashington became part of Thakeham united parishes
(later union). (fn. 86) Twenty-seven poor were being
relieved in 1831, 18 of them through parish work. (fn. 87)
From Thakeham rural district the parish was transferred in 1933 to Chanctonbury rural district. (fn. 88) In
1974 it was included in Horsham district.
||Arundel Cast. MSS. HC 292; M 53, on which rest of
para. mainly based.
||Horsham Mus. MS. 243.
||Arundel Cast. MS. HC 83.
||W.S.R.O., Ep. I/86/20, f. 22; B.L. Add. MS. 39362,
||W.S.R.O., Ep. I/26/2, f. 33.
S.R.S. v. 23.
Story of Ashington, 11.
Suss. Poor Law Rec. 36, 49.
Rep. H.L. Cttee. on Poor Laws, H.C. 227, p. 154
Census, 1931 (pt. ii).