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Survey of English Place-Names

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Henhurst Hundred

Hundred in the County of Sussex

Historical Forms

  • Henhert (sic) 1086 DB
  • Henherst 1183 P c.1220 Pens
  • Henhurst 1265 Misc 1316 FA 1332 SR
  • Henneherst 1188 P 1279 Ass
  • Henehurst c.1220 Pens
  • Hynhurst 1272 RH
  • Henherst (c. 1220 Pens 77)


Probably 'hen(s') wood,' v. henn , hyrst . The tenement of Henherst (c. 1220 Pens 77) was next the forest of the Count of Eu by Blackbrooks, so one should probably look for it in the north-east corner of Brightling parish, just over the hundred border. Cf. Henhurst (K), hænherst BCS 1321, hennhyrst ib. 1322.

Parishes in this Hundred