THE HUNDRED OF STODDEN
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
||SWINESHEAD (fn. 1)
||YELDEN (fn. 2)
The boundaries of the hundred of Stodden are of an irregular and
artificial character. The parishes of Clapham, Oakley and Milton Ernest
are completely detached from the main portion. Tilbrook parish was in
1888 transferred from Bedfordshire to Huntingdonshire, and at the same time
the Huntingdonshire parish of Swineshead was joined to Bedfordshire, to
which county it has always geographically belonged. (fn. 3)
In 1086 this hundred was assessed at 992/3 hides. (fn. 4) It was then valued at
£146 15s. as opposed to £127 14s. 4d. in the reign of Edward the
Confessor. (fn. 5) Included in the
above estimate are 9 hides and
3 virgates, the subject of ten
separate entries, under 'Estone,'
which Mr. J. H. Round identifies with Easton (Hunts.), (fn. 6)
also 2½ hides in Stanwick
(Northants) and 1 virgate
in Newton Bromswold
(Northants). Included also are
1 hide 1 virgate in Elvendone,
1 hide in 'Hanefeld' and 1 virgate in 'Segresdone,' none of
which places has been hitherto
identified. In the Domesday
Survey Little Staughton finds
no mention, while a single
virgate entered under Huntingdonshire is the sole reference
to Pertenhall. (fn. 7)
INDEX MAP to the HUNDRED of STODDEN.
When an aid of 40s. on
the knight's fee was raised in
1346 this hundred contributed to the extent of £45 11s. 8½d. (fn. 8) Stodden
was a royal hundred and remained in the hands of the Crown until Charles I
in 1629–30 granted it to Gilbert North and his heirs to be held of the manor
of East Greenwich for a yearly rent of £8 6s. (fn. 9) In the time of the
Commonwealth Oliver St. John Earl of Bolingbroke was lord of the
hundred. (fn. 10) The rights of the hundred, which are in abeyance, have since
remained in the St. John family, whose present representative, Lord St. John
of Bletsoe, is one of the principal landowners within Stodden. (fn. 11)
||Until 1888 a parish of Huntingdonshire. (See p. 168.)
||This list is taken from the Population Returns of 1831.
||Loc. Govt. Act, 51 & 52 Vict. cap. 41.
||Baring, Domesday Studies, 187.
V.C.H. Beds. i, 'Domesday Survey.'
||Four virgates (two entries) concerning Keysoe were also entered under Huntingdonshire, and are not
included in the above estimate (V.C.H. Beds. i, 266).
Feud. Aids, i, 27.
||Parl. Surv. Beds. i.
||Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), ccxlix, 56; ccclxxvi, 126; Recov. R. Mich. 29 Geo. III, rot. 568;
Mich. 21 Geo. III, rot. 425; Mich. 3 Will. IV, rot. 186.