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wapentake:

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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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'And we wish that two trustworthy thanes and one priest be appointed in every wapentake, so that they will collect and hand it over [the Rome penny] such as they dare swear to' (LawNorthu, 57.2)
One of Liverpool''s oldest buildings, it was a Tudor Wapentake Court in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
'Middle division: Humbleton,' A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 7: Holderness Wapentake, Middle and North Divisions (2002), 56-82.
In Boothby Wapentake an aging widow owns considerable land, two plow teams, four cows, one bull, four sows, one boar, and 500 sheep, yielding her the princely sum of 22 pounds per year; elsewhere one of the young wards of the king has roughly the same income.
King John transferred the Wapentake court from WestDerby in 1207 when he granted his charter to Liverpool.
Dudding, "Addlethorpe and Ingoldmells Churchwardens' Accounts," Lincolnshire Notes and Queries 17 (1922-1923): 151-80; Edmund Oldfield, A Topographical and Historical Account of Wainfleet and the Wapentake of Candleshoe, in the County of Lincoln (London: Lungman, 1829), 110-12.