We saw in part 3 the argument in the 13th century between the Earl of Arundel and two successive Archbishops at Slindon over hunting and trespass. Tens of generations passed and in 1797, an agreement came about which could be seen as another coup for Arundel, now under the Duke of Norfolk.
More in the published book.
Old Sussex Mapped here
We saw in Part 2 that the right of free warren was ambiguous. A long feud developed with the Earls of Arundel because of the presumption of the Archbishops. Continue reading
The Saxons introduced ‘Hundreds’ for military and judicial purposes, geographical divisions of the Sheriff-controlled ‘Shire’. In Sussex, ‘Rapes’ may represent the ancient shires, or the late 9th Century system of fortifications introduced by King Alfred.
In 1086, the ‘honour’ bestowed by William the Conqueror to reward the services of Earl Roger de Montgomery resulted in the Arundel Rape holding most land in West Sussex. His broader English land holdings yielded about 3% of the entire national income; now GDP. One of the most important parts of the ‘Honour’ bestowed by the King was the Forest and Chase of Arundel.
More of the Slindon and Arundel in the published book.
Part 1 here
Our Northwood stone sits close to boundary lands which have subtly shifted over the last 1000 years. Continue reading