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The Hundreds of Bedfordshire in 1830

Manshead was a hundred of Bedfordshire in England. It covered an area in the south-west of the county stretching from Salford to Studham and from Leighton Buzzard to Houghton Regis and Dunstable.[1]

The hundred was named after a site in Eversholt parish. The name appears as "Maunesheved", with Thomas Camill as the bailiff. in 1349.[2] The area west of the Watling Street is recorded in the Domesday Book as the half-hundred of Stanbridge, and there is also a mention of a hundred called Odecroft which may have covered the area south of the Ouzel Brook. By the early 14th century, these areas had effectively been incorporated into Manshead hundred.[3]

Parishes edit

The hundred contained the following parishes:[4]

Aspley Guise, Battlesden, Chalgrave, Dunstable, Eaton Bray, Eversholt, Harlington, Hockliffe, Holcot, Houghton Regis, Husborne Crawley, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Bryan, Potsgrove, Salford, Studham, Tilsworth, Tingrith, Toddington, Totternhoe, Westoning, Whipsnade, Woburn

Recent use of the name edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Vision of Britain: Manshead Hundred Boundaries Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; CP 40/358; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/E3/CP40no358/cCP40no358mm101dtoEnd/IMG_8527.htm (second entry, with Thomas Camill as the bailiff)
  3. ^ F. R. Thorn, "Hundreds and wapentakes", in A. Williams and G. H. Martin (editors), The Bedfordshire Domesday, Alecto Historical Editions, 1991, ISBN 0-948459-84-0, pages 59, 63 and 64.
  4. ^ "Bedfordshire Hundreds". Bedfordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011.
  5. ^ J. Schneider, "The Manshead Archaeological Society 1951–1991", Bedfordshire Archaeology, 20, page 96, 1992.
  6. ^ Northfields School 1936–1986, Dunstable Town Council, page 59.
  7. ^ The District of South Bedfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2001.