Isle of Wight: Hundred of East Medine

A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 5. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1912.

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'Isle of Wight: Hundred of East Medine', A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 5, (London, 1912), pp. 138. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol5/p138 [accessed 21 June 2024].

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. "Isle of Wight: Hundred of East Medine", A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 5, (London, 1912). 138. British History Online. Web. 21 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol5/p138.

THE LIBERTY OR HUNDRED OF EAST MEDINE

CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF

ARRETON NEWCHURCH (fn. 1) WHIPPINGHAM
BINSTEAD NITON WHITWELL
BONCHURCH ST. HELENS WOOTTON
BRADING (fn. 2) ST. LAWRENCE YAVERLAND (fn. 3)
GODSHILL SHANKLIN

The natural division of the Isle of Wight into the hundreds of East and West Medine is of early origin, certainly dating from early in the 13th century, (fn. 4) though in the Domesday Survey practically the whole Island, and certainly all that part now contained in East Medine Liberty, was included in Bowcombe Hundred. (fn. 5) This point is treated more fully under West Medine, in which Newport, the capital of the Island, is situated. The boundaries and extent of East Medine have practically remained unaltered since the 13th century.

Index Map to the Liberty of East Medine.

The hundred belonged to the lords of the Island, (fn. 6) who claimed in it the same privileges as in the hundred of West Medine. (fn. 7) The hundred court was held at 'Estmed le Hate,' (fn. 8) which Sir John Oglander locates as 'the Hatt of trees on the East end of Stanum down nere the parke gate going into Arreton grounds from the down, but now all the trees are gonne.' (fn. 9) By the entries in the court rolls for April 1605 it appears that the hundred of East Medine contained the tithings of Hardley, (fn. 10) Yaverland, St. Helens, Kerne, Sandown, Shanklin, Wroxall, Week, Stenbury, Niton, Nettlecombe, Whitwell, Rowde, Rookley, Knighton, Arreton, East Standen, Fairlee, Whippingham, West Standen and Wootton.

Footnotes

  • 1. Containing the modern parishes of Bembridge and Sandown.
  • 2. Containing the modern parishes of Ashey, Ryde, Wroxall and Ventnor.
  • 3. This list represents the extent of the hundred in 1831.
  • 4. See account of West Medine Hundred.
  • 5. V.C.H. Hants, i, 517–26. See under West Medine.
  • 6. Assize R. 787, m. 89; Feud. Aids, ii, 321; Chan. Inq. p.m. 47 Hen. III, no. 32; 10 Hen. VI, no. 45.
  • 7. Worsley MS. R. B. 2
  • 8. Ct. R. (P.R.O.), portf. 202, no. 12.
  • 9. Oglander MSS. at Nunwell (I.W.).
  • 10. In Bembridge.