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.
They were part of Agbrigg Wapentake (older readers will remember Huddersfield's education division was Agbrigg) and were linked with the West Riding first by Roman road and packhorse ways, then by the A62 and A635, then by canal (1811), and rail (1848, 1871 and 1894).
65 per cent of its quota, which figure is applied to all the above counties, minus whatever sums were received at the Exchequer, plus a further ,903-0-9 from Claro wapentake, Yorkshire, spent locally on ships for coastal defence (E351/2597).