infobox UK place
country = England

static_image_caption= Polo at Cowdray
latitude= 50.99583
longitude= -0.72601
official_name= Easebourne
population =
shire_district= Chichester
shire_county= West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Chichester
postcode_district =
os_grid_reference= SU894225

Easebourne (pronounced "Ezborn", 'Ezbourne' or "Ezbun") is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex, England. It is located 0.5 mile (0.8km) north of Midhurst, across the River Rother on the A272 and A286 roads. The parish also 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.

There is one public house in Easebourne, the "White Horse", and one in Henley, the "Duke Of Cumberland". The parish church of St Mary is 13th century or earlier in origin. Cowdray Park, to the east of the village, has a golf course, and is home to a first-class Polo club. Adjacent to the polo grounds lie the ruins of the tudor Cowdray House the most famous building in the village, built as a great 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. Another of the village’s famous buildings is Easebourne Priory. Built for ten Augustinian canonesses, it 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. [ [http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/index.html Peter Higginbotham's Workhouse website, under Locations/English Poor Law Unions/ Sussex/ Midhurst] ]

Famous residents

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


External links

* [http://www.gravelroots.net/ease/easebourne.html The Easebourne guide]
* [http://www.gravelroots.net/home.html Gravelroots - The guide to Midhurst and the Rother Valley]
* [http://www.easebourne.org Easebourne parish website]
* [http://www.midhurstweather.co.uk/w/weather/current Easebourne Weather Station]
* [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/venue.php?V=4876 St Mary's Church]

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