Wapentake


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Wapentake

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.

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Sleaford, and the Wapentakes of Flaxwell and Aswardhurn in the County of Lincoln (1872; reprint, Sleaford: Heritage Lincolnshire, 1999), 169-70.
That can be traced to families living in the area known as Fartown which is separated from Huddersfield by a brook that was formerly an important boundary between the wapentakes of Morley and Agbrigg.
Spenser similarly recommends that Ireland should import the system of shires, hundreds, wapentakes, and tithes that King Alfred had imposed to maintain peace and justice in Saxon England (185-86).
In northern Yorkshire, for instance, the bailiffs of Langbaurgh and of the wapentakes of Richmondshire, all appointees of the Earl of Salisbury, carried out the duties and exercised the powers of the king's sheriff.
Historically, it was one of the administrative sub-divisions, known as wapentakes, of the West Riding.