THE HUNDRED OF WOTTON
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
||WOTTON (fn. 1)
Wotton Hundred (fn. 2) (Odeton, xi cent.; Wodetone, until xvi cent.) was found
by the Domesday Commissioners to include Dorking, Sutton in Shiere, part of
Compton in Sussex, Burgham, Wyke, Worplesdon, Betchworth, Milton,
Anstie Farm, Abinger, and Paddington. Of these, Sutton in Shiere was shortly
afterwards attached by the Bishop of Bayeux
to his manor of Bramley in Blackheath
Hundred, (fn. 3) while Compton, as the county
borders became more settled, was presumably included in Sussex with the other lands
of Roger de Montgomery, who held it at
the time of the Survey. It has been suggested that Burgham, Wyke, and Worplesdon owed their inclusion in Wotton
Hundred (fn. 4) to a clerical error, and it was
possibly due to the same cause that Ockley
at the time of the Survey was placed in
Woking. It seems probable that 'Becheworth' refers to East Betchworth, now in
Reigate Hundred: Milton and Anstie
Farm are both in Dorking parish.
INDEX MAP TO THE HUNDRED OF WOTTON
The sheriff's courts were held in
Dorking, whence the usual later name. The hundred does not appear
to have been alienated from the Crown until it was granted by James I
to Sir Edward Zouche, 1620, at the same time and in the same manner
as the hundreds of Blackheath and Woking (see under Blackheath Hundred),
and likewise descended to Earl Onslow.
Population Returns, 1831, ii, 636.
||The hundred appears as Dorking Hundred in Norden's Map of Surrey (1610), given in V.C.H. Surr. i,
while the name Wotton is alternative to Blackheath, by a mere error of Norden's.
V.C.H. Surr. i, 305b.