Spelthorne Hundred: Introduction

A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911.

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, 'Spelthorne Hundred: Introduction', in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton, (London, 1911) pp. 304-306. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol2/pp304-306 [accessed 21 May 2024].

. "Spelthorne Hundred: Introduction", in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton, (London, 1911) 304-306. British History Online, accessed May 21, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol2/pp304-306.

. "Spelthorne Hundred: Introduction", A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2, General; Ashford, East Bedfont With Hatton, Feltham, Hampton With Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton, (London, 1911). 304-306. British History Online. Web. 21 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol2/pp304-306.

TOPOGRAPHY

MAP OF THE MIDDLESEX HUNDREDS.

Spelthorne (Spelethorne, xi cent.) Hundred was already formed at the time of the Domesday Survey, (fn. 1) and contained, as it has since contained, the following parishes:-

ASHFORD HANWORTH STAINES
EAST BEDFONT with HATTON LALEHAM STANWELL
FELTHAM LITTLETON SUNBURY
HAMPTON with HAMPTON WICK SHEPPERTON TEDDINGTON

Littleton is the only place that is not mentioned in the Domesday Survey; it was included, however, in Laleham. (fn. 2)

SPELTHORNE HUNDRED.

The hundred has always been held by the Crown, but the jurisdiction of the king's sheriff was largely curtailed until the Dissolution by the extensive franchise of the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. The principal manor held by Westminster was that of Staines, of which Ashford, Laleham, Halliford, Shepperton, Teddington, and Yeveney were appurtenant manors or members. (fn. 3) In the reign of Edward I, the Abbot of Westminster claimed the right to hold pleas of the Crown, view of frankpledge, the amendment of assize of bread and ale, and all pleas which the king's sheriff had in the county except appeals and outlawries, and to have market, fair, and toll, in Staines and its members. (fn. 4) The abbot based his claim on a charter of Henry III granting sac and soke, toll and theam, infangenthef and utfangenthef, and other privileges to the monastery, which charter had, he said, been inspected and confirmed by Edward I. (fn. 5)

After the Dissolution, view of frankpledge was held in these parishes by the respective lords of the manors. It was held also in Teddington by the lord of the manor. (fn. 6) Hanworth lay within the liberty of the honour of Wallingford, and was attached to the view of frankpledge held for that honour at Uxbridge. (fn. 7) Stanwell and East Bedfont were included in the honour of Windsor. The Prior of Holy Trinity, Hounslow, had view of frankpledge in Littleton until the Dissolution. (fn. 8) In 1540, Ashford, Feltham, Laleham, Hanworth, Teddington, and Sunbury, were annexed to the honour of Hampton Court. (fn. 9)

Footnotes

  • 1. Dom. Bk. (Rec. Com.), i, 127-31.
  • 2. See Littleton.
  • 3. Cott. MS. Faust. A. iii; Titus, A. viii.
  • 4. Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 479.
  • 5. Ibid.
  • 6. Feet of F. Div. Co. Trin. 15 Chas. I.
  • 7. a Cal. Pat. 1340-3, pp. 47-8; P.R.O. Ct. R. portf. 191, no. 42.
  • 8. a Pat. 7 Jas. I, pt. x.
  • 9. a L. and P. Hen. VIII, xv, 498 (36).