THE HUNDRED OF ELMBRIDGE
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
COBHAM||STOKE D'ABERNON||WALTON UPON THAMES|
|ESHER||THAMES DITTON (Manors of Imber Court and Waston)||WEYBRIDGE|
|EAST AND WEST MOLESEY|
The boundaries of this hundred have remained practically unchanged
since 1086, when, however, Ember Court in Thames Ditton was part of the
hundred of Kingston, (fn. 1) and the holding of Chertsey in Weybridge was
attributed to Copthorne. It is not certain at what date the hundred passed
into the hands of the men of Kingston, but
it seems later to have been regarded as one
of the liberties granted to them by King
John in 1200, and was held at fee farm. (fn. 2)
In 1280 it was said to be in the hands of
their tenant Reginald de Imworth, (fn. 3) with
whose manor of Imworth it descended until
1499, when Richard Ardern died seised of
the manor of Imworth and half the hundred
of Elmbridge, held of the men of Kingston. (fn. 4)
Within the hundred there were several
exempt jurisdictions. In 1253 John D'Abernon was successful in his claim to view of
frankpledge in Stoke, (fn. 5) and Avelina, daughter
of Geoffrey de Cruce and wife of Roger de
Legh, also claimed the right in Walton. (fn. 6) At
a later date Sir Thomas Henneage obtained
a grant of Molesey Prior with view of frankpledge from Henry VIII, (fn. 7) and John Druell
also had a view on his manor here. (fn. 8)
INDEX MAP TO THE HUNDRED OF ELMBRIDGE
In a Subsidy Roll of about 1334 the hundred was valued at £24 0s. 6d., (fn. 9)
and it was assessed for ship-money at £346 in 1636. (fn. 10) The name by which
it is known is derived from the bridge by which the road from London to
Chertsey crosses the Mole or Emlyn on its way west, and here probably the
hundred court was held.
V.C.H. Surr. i, 305a.
||Assize R. 898, m. 5.
||Chan. Inq. p.m. 8 Edw. I, no. 23.
||Ibid. 15 Hen. VII (Ser. 2), xiv, 101.
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 747.
L. and P. Hen. VIII, ii, 1104.
||Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), xi, 51.
V.C.H. Surr. i, 443.
S.P. Dom. Chas. I, cccxlviii, 82.