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South Ambersham
West Sussex

Once a detached part of Steep, Hampshire.
Absorbed into Sussex by the Act of 1844.
Site of Cowdray Polo Club's Ambersham fields
Ambersham Common was used in the BBC Doctor Who episode "Terror of the Zygons" filmed March 1975
the Common being used as a replacement for a Scottish Moor...see here
Ambersham Hollow Road joins Ambersham to A272.
©Colin Smith

Aerial photos
Easebourne - part of parish.
Map of Ambersham area
Maps gazeteer 1607 - 1695
Old maps showing Ambersham
Photographs of Ambersham
Cintec repairs to ambersham Bridge
dairy cows saved from Ambersham blaze - August 2007
Burglaries in South Ambersham - 14 Nov 2012
Ambersham Photo gallery

Old English - "Estate of Aembre", the name apparently being from a side form of Ambre or the Ambrones.
Ambersham Bridge OS co-ords:- SU916212
Photographs of bridge in album
Domesday survey - Hundreds of Easebourne inc. Ambersham
South Ambersham Tithe Apportionment transcription
of the Rent-Charge in lieu of Tithes in the Parish of the Tithing of South Ambersham 1847

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To the south of Ambersham, on the Heyshott road, was the Midhurst to Petworth & Pulborough railway, closed in 1966. The bridge, now dismantled, shown in the photo carried the line across this road. The bus coming through the bridge is heading for Heyshott and took skilfull driving to negotiate the arch. On the afternoon of Thursday 31st October 1946 the bus hit the bridge.

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Ambersham is home to some of the Cowdray Polo greens.
A number of photos of the grounds are in the gallery
The Polo fields served as a Fleet Air Arm airfield during WW2 click here
polo club

At the time of the Domesday Survey, there was a long narrow strip, 8 miles from north to south with an average width of ½ mile or less, constituting North and South Ambersham, which was a detached portion of the parish of Steep in Hampshire and formed part of that county until 1844, when the Ambershams were united respectively to Fernhurst and Selham.

Post Office Directory 1911
South Ambersham. Adjoining Easebourne, is a small hamlet and tything, originally part of the parish of Steep, in Hampshire, but under the Acts 2 & 3 William IV. Cap. 64 & 7 & 8 Vic. Cap. 61, it became part of Sussex.
For ecclesiastical purposes, North & South Ambersham, the former being annexed to Fernhurst and the latter to Easebourne. Sir Weetman Dickinson Pearson bart. M.P. is lord of the manor and owner of the land. The area is 1,497 acres of land and 7 of water; rateable value, £1,009; population in 1901 was 126.

South Ambersham
Letters through Midhurst
Private residents
John Budd, Ambersham House
Charles B. Vigars
Frederick Austin Duck, farmer at Moorland farm
Allen Glew, beer retailer
Wallace Greenen, farmer, Great Todham
Richard Moseley, blacksmith
A. T. & P. C. Purser, farmers

Post Office Directory 1867
South Amersham [Ambersham] adjoining Easebourne, is a small hamlet, originally part of the parish of Steep, in Hampshire, but since the passing of the Act of Parliament for settling the boundaries of counties the small slip of land running down from Hampshire into Sussex was severed from the former and added to the latter, and consequently Ambersham became part of Sussex. For purposes ecclesiastical [having no church] it was divided into two divisions, north and south; the former was given to Farnhurst [Fernhurst], and the latter to Easebourne.

South Ambersham.
Thomas Barnes, farmer
James Challen, farmer at Hoyle farm
George Hale, blacksmith
Joseph Powell, shoe maker
James Soane, beer retailer

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