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Rape of Hastings

Rape of Hastings
Hastings Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape
Hastings Castle, once the administrative centre of the Rape
 - Created By 11th century
 - Succeeded by Sussex (eastern division)
Status Rape (county subdivision)
 - HQ Hastings
Emblem of the Rape and Town of Hastings
Emblem of the Rape and town of Hastings
 - Type Hundreds
 - Units Baldstrow, Battle, Bexhill, Foxearle, Gostrow, Guestling, Hawkesborough, Henhurst, Netherfield, Ninfield, Shoyswell, Staple

The Rape of Hastings is one of the rapes, the traditional sub-divisions unique to the historic county of Sussex in England.


William the Conqueror granted the rape of Hastings to his cousin, Robert, Count of Eu, shortly after the Norman Conquest.[1]


Hastings rape is the easternmost of all the Sussex rapes and it borders the rape of Pevensey to the west. To the north and east of the rape lies the county of Kent, while to the south lies the English Channel. The rape of Hastings includes the towns of Battle, Hastings and Rye. At 197 metres (646 ft) tall, Brightling Down in the High Weald is the highest point in the rape.


The rape is traditionally divided into the following hundreds:

See also


  1. ^ "Hastings Castle". Retrieved 20 Mar 2012. 

External links

  • Hastings Rape through time - A Vision of Britain
  • The Sussex Subsidy of 1327 - The Rape of Hastings, British History Online
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