A village history in West Sussex


Westbourne History Group

Bygone Series

No1. Trades People 1845-1938

No2. Village Schools 1819-1984

No4. Westbourne Then & Now

No5. Westbourne Union Life

No6. Westbourne Church Guide

No7. Cleaning up Westbourne        

No8. Westbourne Worthies

No9. The Bastards of  Westbourne

No10. Westbourne’s War 1939-1945

No11. A Millenium in Tandem

No12. Sindles Farm

No13. Westbourne Memorials

No14. Cottage Economy

No15. The Village Schools 1810-2011

No16. Westbourne and the Great War

No17. Tradespeople of Westbourne

Bourne in the Past

Other Publications

Sindles Farm

The River Ems

The Westbourne Story

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Many will know,  but some will not, that Westbourne (or Bourne) was a significant settlement when Stansted was but a mere forest glade.  So says ‘A Millennium in Tandem’.  It highlights the site (or sites) of the Manor House in Westbourne and explains how Stansted slowly grew from a hunting lodge to the new seat of power.

The Lords of the Manor, from the Lumleys (16th C.) right up to the last,   The Bessboroughs, have their biographies summarised – some more flattering than others. In the course of these the gradual separation and emancipation of Westbourne from control by the Lords of the Manor becomes apparent.

The work concludes with a look at the current relationship between the two entities, friends but independent, both with pressures but quite different and unrelated.