Edburton: Local government

Pages 50-51

A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1987.

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A headborough of Edburton tithing was mentioned in 1538 and later. (fn. 1) In 1816 the tithing was said, possibly erroneously, to be co-terminous with the ecclesiastical parish. (fn. 2)

Court rolls of Truleigh manor survive for 1682 and 1694. A bailiff was mentioned in 1694, but business at that period concerned only land transactions. (fn. 3)

Two churchwardens and two overseers were recorded in the 17th century. (fn. 4) The surveyors of highways named for 'Fulking hamlet' in 1829 possibly dealt with what was later Fulking parish, (fn. 5) but there is no other evidence for a division of local government functions between the Lewes and Bramber rape portions of Edburton ancient parish.

The parish joined Steyning union in 1835, (fn. 6) and from 1894 (fn. 7) to 1933 was in Steyning West rural district.


  • 1. Arundel Cast. MSS. M 279, rot. 3d.; M 280, rot. 2d.; E.S.R.O., QCR/2/1/EW 3.
  • 2. E.S.R.O., QCR/2/1/EW 1.
  • 3. B.L. Add. MS. 38484, f. 257.
  • 4. S.A.C. 1. 43; S.R.S. v. 77.
  • 5. W.S.R.O., Par. 78/40/1; cf. Howe, Edburton, 28. The stocks and whipping post said to stand at the E. end of the village c. 1835 were presumably in Fulking, not Edburton: Blaker, Reminiscences, 13.
  • 6. Suss. Poor Law Rec. 14.
  • 7. W.S.R.O., WOC/CC 6/1, ff. 87-9.