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A rape is an administrative subdivision into which Sussex was formerly divided. Usually compared to the hundred, each of the six rapes comprised several hundreds.[1]

Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) describes them thus: "In some counties there is an intermediate division between the shire and the hundreds, as lathes in Kent, and rapes in Sussex." (Vol. 1, p. 116).

There were six rapes, later organised into two divisions, the Eastern and Western divisions which, in 1888, became East Sussex and West Sussex:

East Sussex West Sussex
Lewes Arundel
Hastings Bramber
Pevensey Chichester


  1. "rapes" in John Cannon, The Oxford Companion to British History, (Oxford University Press) published to Oxford Reference Online (2009) eISBN: 9780199567638. Accessed 21 Jul 2013.