Mousehall History

Why the name Mousehall? 

The property was first known as Mousehall from as early as the Norman Conquest (11th century). Mousehall was first recorded in the Domesday book (the great land survey commissioned by William the Conqueror) in 1086.

In more recent times Mousehall was originally thought to have been named after the first traceable owner, James de Mouleshale "James of Mousehall" in the 14th century. We also discovered the "Monse" family who first arrived in Sussex during the Norman Conquest (11th century) and in 1300's Mousehall adopted many names: Monsehall, Mouleshale, Moushall, Mousehale. 

We believe the Mouleshale and Monse family were in fact the same owners of Mousehall. 


An old map of Mousehall Farm