Faringdon hundred: Introduction

A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1924.

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'Faringdon hundred: Introduction', A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4, (London, 1924), pp. 486. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4/p486 [accessed 15 June 2024].

. "Faringdon hundred: Introduction", in A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4, (London, 1924) 486. British History Online, accessed June 15, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4/p486.

. "Faringdon hundred: Introduction", A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4, (London, 1924). 486. British History Online. Web. 15 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4/p486.


containing the parishes of Great Coxwell and Great Faringdon (fn. 1)

No mention of the hundred of Faringdon appears in the Domesday Survey when Faringdon and Coxwell were in the hundred of Wifol, (fn. 2) or Wyfold as it is called in 1224–5. Jurisdiction over the hundred in the 13th century (fn. 3) was in the hands of the Abbot and convent of Beaulieu, apparently by virtue of the grant made to them by King John in 1203 of Index Map to the Hundred the manor with all liberties and free customs appurtenant thereto. The abbot had the return of writs, (fn. 4) and the hundred followed the descent of the manor of Faringdon (q.v.).

Index Map To The Hundred Of Faringdon

The jurisdiction of Faringdon Hundred did not extend over the whole parish of Faringdon: the tithing of Wadley or Littleworth and Thrupp were in Shrivenham Hundred, (fn. 5) these places not being in the hands of the Abbot and convent of Beaulieu.


  • 1. In 1831 this hundred also contained the parishes of Great Barrington (partly in Gloucs.), Inglesham (partly in Wilts.) and Langford, Little Faringdon and Shilton (partly in Oxon.).
  • 2. V.C.H. Berks. i, 332; Assize R. 36, m. 1 d. It is last mentioned in 1260–1 (ibid. 40, m. 19).
  • 3. Assize R. 44, m. 4; cf. Hund. R. (Rec. Com.), i, 9; Feud. Aids, i, 67; Pat. 1 Edw. VI, pt. ii, m. 11; Cott. MS. Nero A. xii, fol. 5b.
  • 4. Assize R. 42, m. 1.
  • 5. Pop. Ret. (1831). In the 13th century an agreement was made by which the men of the Hospital paid suit at the hundred court of Faringdon (Cott. MS. Nero A. xii, fol. 45b). In 1821, however, the tithing of Hospital was said to be in the hundred of Shrivenham. In 1086 Worth was in Ganfield Hundred (V.C.H. Berks. i, 334).