Locality and Region Seminar - 27 November 2018

27 November, 2018 - 17:15
IHR, Room 304
The Hundred River near Henstead, Suffolk (©Richard Purkiss)

We hope you will join us for the next Locality and Region seminar of 2018-19 on 27 November

The origins of the East Anglian hundreds

Richard Purkiss

D.Phil. candidate in History, Lincoln College, Oxford

Hundreds were for centuries the lowest tier of English royal government. They appeared in the first half of the tenth century, and by 1066 every shire was subdivided into a number of hundreds or (in the north) wapentakes. Their boundaries influence district councils and other units to this day. How the hundreds were defined remains uncertain. Depending on the locality, they have been seen as fiscal units laid out by a powerful state or older territories under a new name. This paper will consider the hundredal system in Norfolk and Suffolk: how artificial and uniform was it, how did it relate to local institutions particular to the region, and what kind of organisation may have preceded it?


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