The hundred of Southover

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Victoria County History

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L. F. Salzman (editor)

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1940

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'The hundred of Southover', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 44. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=56911 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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THE HUNDRED OF SOUTHOVER

containing the parish of Southover

In 1249 and 1263 Southover (fn. 1) was described as a halimote, (fn. 2) but in 1275 as a half-hundred (fn. 3) and so also in 1287, (fn. 4) 1332, (fn. 5) and 1334. (fn. 6) Between 1540 and 1560 it was described for the collection of lay subsidies as a hundred, (fn. 7) and so again in 1587, at which date it comprised the vills of Southover and also Lewes. (fn. 8) In 1296 and 1327 it was regarded, also for taxation purposes, as a 'borough' and was extra-hundredal, as was Lewes, (fn. 9) and so again from 1572 to at least 1665. (fn. 10) In 1831 Southover was reckoned in Swanborough Hundred, (fn. 11) while in Figg's map of Sussex (1861) it is definitely marked as part of Barcombe Hundred, as it seems also to be in Budgen's map of 1724. Hundreds are for all practical purposes now extinct, but theoretically there appears still to be a hundred of Southover.

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1 Southenouere (xi cent.); Suthoure (xii cent.); Suthenore, Suthovere (xiii cent.).
2 Ass. R. 909, m. 32; ibid. 912, m. 41.
3 Rot. Hund. (Rec. Com.), ii, 209.
4 Assize. R. 924, m. 59d, where tithings of Westporte and Estporte are mentioned; cf. Lewes Chart. i, 91–105.
5 Suss. Rec. Soc. x, 296 (subsidy).
6 Suss. Arch. Coll. l, 171.
7 Lay Subs. 190, nos. 175, 235, 246, 267. The owners of the manor of Southover from 1541 to 1609 held also the 'borough': Suss. Rec. Soc. xiv, 24; Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), cccxi, 110.
8 Lay Subs. 190, no. 309.
9 Suss. Rec. Soc. x, 51, 183.
10 Lay Subs. 190, nos. 283 (1572), 299 (1576), 342 (1622); ibid. 191, nos. 372 (1625), 382 (1628), 409 (1664); ibid. 258, nos. 15, 18 (1664, 1665) (Hearth Tax).
11 Lewis, Top. Dict. (1831 ed.)