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Gostrow Hundred

Hundred in the County of Sussex

Historical Forms

  • Babinrerode 1086 DB
  • Babirote 1130 P
  • Gosetre 1230 P
  • Gosetrewe 1279 Ass 1302 RH 1326 Ct
  • Gosetrowe 1316 FA 1332 SR
  • Gosestrowe 1327 SR
  • Gossetrewe 1279 Ass
  • Gowstrow 1629 SAC13,47


The first name is obscure. The second seems to be a compound of treow and a pers. name Gōsa , cf. Gossington (Gl), DB Gosintune . The meeting place was at the Hundred House (6″) in Brede. The Gose-trowe or 'tree' is mentioned in a Brede Court Roll of 1362.

Parishes in this Hundred