Hundred of Tintinhull
|area||7,450 acres (3,010 ha)|
|Units||Ilchester, Kingston, Montacute, Northover, Stoke-under-Hamdon, Thorne Coffin, and Tintinhull|
The Hundred of Tintinhull is one of the 40 historical Hundreds in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, dating from before the Norman conquest during the Anglo-Saxon era although exact dates are unknown. Each hundred had a 'fyrd', which acted as the local defence force and a court which was responsible for the maintenance of the frankpledge system. They also formed a unit for the collection of taxes. The role of the hundred court was described in the Dooms (laws) of King Edgar. The name of the hundred was normally that of its meeting-place.
The Hundred of Tintinhull consisted of the ancient parishes of: Ilchester, Kingston, Montacute, Northover, Stoke-under-Hamdon, Thorne Coffin, and Tintinhull. It covered an area of 7,450 acres (3,010 ha).
It is unclear when the Hundred was formed as it does not appear in the geld rolls when it was considered part of the Hundred of Yeovil. Other names for the area appear to be the Montacute and Bishopstone Hundreds. It was probably created by 1084 and is mentioned in the manors given by Robert, Count of Mortain to Montacute Priory.
The importance of the hundred courts declined from the seventeenth century. By the 19th century several different single-purpose subdivisions of counties, such as poor law unions, sanitary districts, and highway districts sprang up, filling the administrative role previously played by parishes and hundreds. Although the Hundreds have never been formally abolished, their functions ended with the establishment of county courts in 1867 and the introduction of districts by the Local Government Act 1894.
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