A village history in West Sussex
Westbourne History Group
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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.
A MILLENIUM TANDEM WESTBOURNE & STANSTED