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Upper Beeding, a parish in the Rape of Bramber, West Sussex, is .62 mi. from Bramber, 1.24 miles north of Coombes and 1.38 miles southeast of Steyning; and 6.33 miles southwest of Pyecomb. Note: According to Lewis, Upper and Lower Beeding are both in the same parish: "Beeding, a parish in the hundred of Burbeach, rape of Bramber, county of Sussex, comprising Upper and Lower Beeding, and containing 904 inhabitants, of which number, 499 are in the former, one mile east of Steyning, and 405 in the latter, which is 1-1/2 miles east south east from the same place... the living a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Lewes, and diocese of Chichester, rated in the king's books at 8, and in the patronage of the President and Fellows of Magdalene College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. An alien priory of Benedictine monks was founded here about 1075, the revenue of which, amounting to 26. 9. 9., was given to the Society of Magdalene College, in the reign of Henry VI. The river Adur is here navigable."
1120-1137 (est.) Hugo de CUMBES witnessed a charter in which Phillip de BRAOSE, 2nd Lord of the Rape of Bramber, reconfirmed the 1080 deed of his father, William de BRAOSE of Normandy and 1st Lord of Bramber, in which William deeded the priory, termed the "church of Saint Peter of Sela" in Upper Beeding to the Florentine Abbey. (Early Combs &c. of England)

29 Jul 1632 Upper Beeding, Sussex, England. Christened: William COOMES, s/o (blank). (IGI, Ba: 8336430 58, So: 1395695, film not yet read)

7 Sep 1634 Upper Beeding, Sussex, England. Christened: John COMBS, s/o William COMBS (IGI, Ba: 8336430 58, So: 1395695, film not yet read)

26 Mar 1643 Upper Beeding, Sussex, England. Christened: William COMBS, s/o (blank) (IGI, Ba: 8336430 58, So: 1395695, film not yet read)

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