The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 10. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1800.
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THE HUNDRED OF EASTRY
LIES the next westward to that of Bewsborough last-described. In the record of Domesday it is almost throughout it said to lie within the left or lath of the same name.
THIS HUNDRED CONTAINS WITHIN ITS BOUNDS THE PARISHES OF
4. EVTHORNE, in part.
5. BARFRISTON, alias BARSON.
9. EASTRY, in part.
10. WORTH, alias WORD.
11. WOODNESBOROUGH, in part. And
12. DENTON. (fn. 1)
And the churches of those parishes, and likewise part of the parishes of NONINGTON, WOOTTON, and STAPLE, the churches of which are in other hundreds. Two constableshave jurisdiction over this hundred, which is divided into the upper and lower half hundred of it.
The upper half hundred consists of the parishes of Eastry, Worth, Tilmanstone, Upper Eythorne, (that is so much of the parish as lies in this hundred;) as much of Wootton as lies in this hundred, that is, the borough of Gedding, not including Wootton church, and as much of the borough of Barnsole as lies in Staple.
The lower half hundred consists of the parishes of Woodnesborough, Chillenden, Knolton, Ham, Betshanger, Waldershare, Barson, Denton, and part of Nonington, not including the church.
This arrangement is according to the nomination and jurisdiction of the constables. That for the upper half hundred being chosen at Eastry-court. That for the lower half hundred at the court of quarter sessions.
At Eastry-court are likewise chosen borsholders for Eastry-street borough; the borough of Felderland in Worth, which comprehends Statenborough, and some adjoining lands in Eastry; the borough of Worthstreet comprehending the remainder of the parish, excepting the borough of Hackling; the borough of Barnsole, in Staple; the borough of Craythorne, in Tilmanstone, comprehending the lower street there; Barville, &c. and the borough of Gedding, in Wootton; the borough of Southcourt, comprehending the remaining part of Tilmanstone, the borsholder for which is chosen at the manor of Southcourt; all which are in the upper half hundred of Eastry.
Within the several parishes likewise within this hundred, the following borsholders are chosen for the districts in them, which belong to other hundreds, viz. one at Adisham-court for the borough of Hardenden, alias Hernden, comprehending Selstone, being the re maining part of Eastry, reputed to be in the hundred of Downhamford; one at the same court for the borough of South Langdon, in Eythorne, within the same hundred; and one for the borough of Lower Eythorne, at Wingham court, being reputed to be within that hundred. Notwithstanding these boroughs are in other hundreds, yet the constable of the upper half hundred of Eastry uses jurisdiction over them, and persons residing in them have been indiscrminately appointed to serve that office.