THE HUNDRED OF WYMERSLEY
containing the parishes of Blisworth; Brafield-On-The-Green; Castle Ashby; Cogenhoe; Collingtree; Courteenhall; Denton; Grendon; Hardingstone; Horton; Great Houghton; Little Houghton; Milton Malzor; Piddington with Hackleton; Preston Deanery; Quinton; Rothersthorpe; Whiston; Wootton; Yardley Hastings
Map of the Hundred
In the Northamptonshire geld-roll of c. 1074 Wymersley figures as a
hundred and a half; (fn. 1) but in the Domesday Survey the western portion
(including the parishes of Blisworth, Collingtree, Courteenhall, Hardingstone, Milton, and Rothersthorpe, and probably Wootton) constituted the
hundred of 'Colentreu' or 'Coltrewestan'. (fn. 2) This subordinate
hundred is not mentioned in the
12th-century Survey, in which
all the parishes are entered under
Wymersley; (fn. 3) but as late as 1329
'the hundred of Colyngtreston
within the hundred of Wymersley' was said to have been
formerly leased at 40s., which
sum had been raised 20 years
before to 10 marks, (fn. 4) and complaint was also made that the
inhabitants of the hundred were
compelled to attend the three-weekly court of Wymersley; the jurors alleged
that this practice first began in the time of Henry III under Henry de Hastings. (fn. 5)
Wymersley Hundred, of which the original meeting-place was probably
at a field called Wymersley Bush in Little Houghton, (fn. 6) apparently belonged in
1086 to the Countess Judith and was certainly held by her representatives, the
family of Hastings and their successors, with the manor of Yardley Hastings. (fn. 7)
The lordship of the hundred seems to have become divided, possibly when
Richard Earl of Kent disposed of his estates, as Richard Fermor owned the
hundreds of Towcester and Wymersley when he was attainted in 1540 and
recovered them in 1551, (fn. 8) and they descended to his heirs, the Earls of Pomfret, (fn. 9)
whose present representative is Lord Hesketh; but Sir William Compton died
seised of the hundreds of Hamfordshoe and Wymersley in 1528, (fn. 10) as did his
grandson Sir Henry, first Lord Compton in 1591. (fn. 11)
|| V.C.H. Northants. i, 296.
|| Ibid. 305, 337, 345, 347.
|| Ibid. 375.
|| Assize R. 632, m. 61 d.
|| Place-Names of Northants. (Engl. P.-N. Soc), 142. About 1720 the courts were held at Cotton End in
Hardingstone: Bridges, Northants. i, 334.
|| Cal. Pat. 1550–3, p. 22.
|| Bridges, loc. cit.: Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), cccxxxv, 9; Recov. R. Trin. 33 Geo. III, ro. 360.
|| Bridges, loc. cit.
|| Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), ccxxix, 130.