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Hundred

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A county division mentioned in Domesday Book, and supposed to embrace ten tithings for military and constabulary purposes. If a crime was committed (such as robbery, maiming cattle, stack-burning, etc.), these sureties were bound to make it good, or bring the offender to justice.

Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Durham are divided into “wards” (q.v.).

Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Notts, into “wapentakes” (q.v.). Yorkshire has also a special division, called “ridings” (q.v.).

Kent is divided into five lathes, with subordinate hundreds. (See Lathes.)

Sussex is divided into six rapes (1 syl.), with subordinate hundreds. (See Rapes.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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