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A local division of a shire or county in old English Law; the term used north of the Trent River for the territory called a hundred in other parts of England.
The name wapentake is said to come from weapon and take, an indication that it referred to an area organized for military purposes.
WAPENTAKE. An ancient word used in England as synonymous with hundred. (q.v.) Fortesc. De Laud. ch. 24.