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Easebourne Priory
Easebourne is located in West Sussex
 Easebourne shown within West Sussex
Area  17.95 km2 (6.93 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,820. 2011 Census[2]
   – density  96/km2 (250/sq mi)
OS grid reference
   – London  44 miles (71 km) NE 
Civil parish Easebourne
District Chichester
Shire county West Sussex
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MIDHURST
Postcode district GU29 0
Dialling code 01730
Police Sussex
Fire West Sussex
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chichester
List of places
West Sussex

Easebourne (pronounced "Ezborn", 'Ezbourne' or "Ezbun") is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is half a mile (0.8 km) north of Midhurst, across the River Rother on the A272 and A286 roads. The parish includes the hamlet of Henley to the north. In the 2001 census there were 708 households with a total population of 1,717 of whom 785 were economically active.


  • Governance 1
  • Amenities 2
  • Parish 3
  • Notable buildings 4
  • Famous residents 5
  • References 6


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward includes Lodsworth and at the 2011 census had a population of 2,492.[3]


There is one public house in Easebourne, the White Horse, and one in Henley, the Duke Of Cumberland. Cowdray Park, to the east of the village, has a golf course, and is home to a first-class polo club.


The parish church of St Mary is 13th century or earlier in origin. The parish includes the hamlet of Henley to the north. In the 2001 census there were 708 households with a total population of 1,717 of whom 785 were economically active.

Notable buildings

Adjacent to the polo grounds lie the ruins of the Tudor Cowdray House, built as a Tudor mansion with castle features. Started in 1520, it was completed by 1542, but was devastated by fire in 1793. It has not been occupied since.

Easebourne Priory was built for ten Augustinian canonesses and was founded before 1238 by the de Bohun family who were from St. Ann’s Hill in nearby Midhurst.

On the northern edge of Easebourne village on the A286 road Budgenor Lodge, recently converted into luxury flats, is the former Midhurst Union Workhouse which was opened in 1794 by a Gilbert Union of seventeen parishes. From 1835 it was run and enlarged by the Midhurst Poor Law Union, serving 26 parishes.[4]

Famous residents

It is the home of Billie Piper and Laurence Fox, who married in the village church of St Mary in 2007.


  1. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Peter Higginbotham's Workhouse website

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