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in English history, a subdivision of a shire, first mentioned in the 10th cent. and surviving as a unit of local government into the 19th cent. It is thought that in origin the hundred comprised 100 geld hides, the geld hide being the basic Anglo-Saxon land unit for
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wapentakes; commons, wastes, and forests; boroughs, honors, and
Sleaford, and the Wapentakes of Flaxwell and Aswardhurn in the County of Lincoln (1872; reprint, Sleaford: Heritage Lincolnshire, 1999), 169-70.
A grid of hundreds (or their Anglo-Danish equivalents, the wapentakes) and shires overlay almost the entire country, though in the north governmental structures remained fluid.