COCKING is a parish, in the Western division of the county, Eastbourne hundred, Midhurst union, county court district and deanery, rape, diocese and archdeaconry of Chichester, 3 miles south from Midhurst, on the road to Chichester. Its original name was Corlinges and in the "Domesday Survey" it is placed under Hamesford. In the Saxon era its owner was King Edward the Confessor himself: after the Conquest the Earl of Montgomery obtained it of William: in 1375 it passed to the Earl of Arundel, in whose family it remained until the reign of Elizabeth, when it was alienated to Viscount Montague, and thence became, and now remains, part of the Cowdray estates, of which the Earl of Egmont is owner. The church (name unknown) is a small building, partly in the Early English style, and consists of a nave, chancel and south aisle. The register commences in 1558. The living is a vicarage, annual value £250, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held by the Rev. R. R. Drummond Ash, M.A., of Jesus College, Cambridge. The population in 1861 was 430. The area is 2,602 acres, of which more than 600 are coppice. [Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867.]
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