Place:Bepton, Sussex, England

Coordinates50.957°N 0.782°W
Located inSussex, England
Also located inWest Sussex, England     (1865 - )
See alsoChichester Rape, Sussex, Englandrape in which it was located
Easebourne Hundred, Sussex, Englandhundred in which it was located
Midhurst Rural, Sussex, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Chichester District, West Sussex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Bepton is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. According to the 2011 census it had 116 households with a population of 234.

Bepton was listed as "Babintone" in the Domesday Book (1086), located in the ancient hundred of Easebourne as having 23 households: 10 villagers, 10 smallholders and three slaves. With ploughing land and a church, it had a value to the lord of the manor of £5. The lord was an unspecified Geoffrey, and the tenant-in-chief was Earl Roger of Shrewsbury.

In 1861, the population was 211, the parish was 1,224 acres (495 ha) and was mainly arable land. In Kelly's Directory of 1867, the church of St Mary was described as "an ancient flint building in the Anglo-Norman style, and has a nave, chancel, and tower".

Research Tips

  • The West Sussex Record Office is located in Chichester. Because it holds the records of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, which covers the whole of Sussex, it has church records relating to both parts of Sussex.
  • An on-line catalogue for some of the collections held by the West Sussex Record Office is available under the Access to Archives (A2A) project (a nationwide facility housed at The National Archives, Kew).
  • West Sussex Past - database of 2 million records from West Sussex heritage organizations.
  • The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies' Sussex Collection (PDF). This is a 9-page PDF naming the files relating to Sussex in their collection-a possible first step in a course of research.
  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
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