THE HUNDRED OF COPTHORNE (fn. 1)
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
||NEWDIGATE (part of)
||WALTON ON THE HILL
This hundred has undergone some change in its area since 1086, (fn. 2) when
it included part of Weybridge, the rest being entered under its later
hundred of Elmbridge, and also West Betchworth, which is now in Wotton
Hundred. 'Mideham,' the identification of which is uncertain, was in
Copthorne. (fn. 3) Newdigate is not named in Domesday, and Chessington was
included in the hundred of Kingston.
Copthorne was a royal hundred, and remained in the hands of the Crown,
though leased for 21 years to Thomas Jenkins in 1617. (fn. 4) In a subsidy roll of
the 14th century it was said to
be worth £47 15s. 6¼d., and
with Effingham Hundred it was
assessed for ship - money at
£136 16s. 4d. in 1636. (fn. 5)
INDEX MAP TO THE HUNDRED OF COPTHORNE
The honour of Wallingford
extended into the hundred at
Chessington, (fn. 6) and in 1300 the
Earl of Cornwall was said to
have 4s. from a view taken here
at Easter, and pertaining to the
honour. (fn. 7) The Abbot and convent of Chertsey (fn. 8) had view of
frankpledge in Horton in Epsom, and Robert Darcy received
a similar grant from Edward III
for his lands in Letherhead. (fn. 9)
John D'Abernon had view of
frankpledge at Fetcham in 1279, (fn. 10)
and in the same year presentment was made that his father
William D'Abernon had withdrawn his suit at the hundred
court for land in Headley. (fn. 11) The grant in 1547 to John Rychbill of the
land of the Abbot of Boxley in Chessington included view of frankpledge. (fn. 12)
||This list is taken from the Pop. Ret. of 1831.
V.C.H. Surr. i, 308, 319, 320–1.
||Pat. 15 Jas. I, pt. xxxi.
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 741.
||Inq. p.m. 28 Edw. I, no. 44.
||Chart. 1–20 Hen. VI, no. 26.
||Ibid. 2 Edw. III, no. 20.
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 747.
||Assize R. 876, m. 47.
||Pat. 38 Hen. VIII, pt. iii, m. 8.