Lord of the Rape of Hastings. Following the conquest, Sussex was divided into six rapes. William granted his cousin, Robert, Count of Eu, the Rape of Hastings, which included the Bexhill Hundred consisting of 60 hides (1,200 acres and Church land). The adjoining Rape of Pevensey was granted to his half-brother Robert, Earl of Mortain.
Robert, Count of Eu, granted some 150 acres from the Bexhill Hundred to his favourite foundation, the French Benedictine Abbey of Treport. This became the Manor of Pebsham which with other Treport holdings was conveyed in 1176 to the Cistercian Abbey at Robertsbridge.