Steyning

Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

No names known for 1510-23

Elections

DateCandidate
1529THOMAS SHIRLEY
 JOHN MORRIS
1536(not known)
1539(not known)
1542JOHN BOWYER
 (not known)
1545(not known)
1547ROBERT RUDSTON
 HENRY FAUXE
1553 (Mar.)SIR RICHARD BLOUNT
 WILLIAM CORDELL
1553 (Oct.)JOHN SOUTHCOTE II
 DAVID LEWIS
1554 (Apr.)GILBERT GERARD
 EDWARD STRADLING
1554 (Nov.)JOHN ROBERTS 1
 WILLIAM PELLATT 2
1555ROBERT BYNG
 (not known)
1558RICHARD ONSLOW
 ROBERT COLSHILL

Main Article

Until the Dissolution the manor and borough of Steyning belonged to Syon abbey: after 1539 they were annexed to the royal honor of Petworth. Some 18 or 20 gardens or houses in the town formed part of the barony of Bramber, thus giving the Howard family control over the borough: in 1539 the 3rd Duke of Norfolk listed it among the Sussex boroughs where ‘in times past I could have made burgesses of Parliament’. During the duke’s imprisonment under Edward VI his property in Steyning was conferred upon Admiral Seymour: on Seymour’s fall it reverted to the crown.3

Never incorporated, the borough was governed by a constable elected annually. There are no borough records for the early 16th century. Indentures survive for the Parliaments of 1542,1547, March and October 1553, and 1555, the first two written in Latin, the remainder in English. The contracting parties are the sheriff of Surrey and Sussex and the burgesses or the