THE HUNDRED OF TITCHFIELD
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
||WICKHAM (fn. 1)
The hundred at the time of Domesday included Titchfield, Faccombe,
Meon, Bromwich, Bentley, Crofton, Funtley, Wickham, Segenworth, Hook,
Stubbington, and Rowner, and it was assessed at 46 hides. (fn. 2) It belonged to
the crown and appears to have been farmed occasionally, its value in 1266
being 58s. 4d., (fn. 3) though by the reign of Richard II it was reduced to
30s. (fn. 4) By the beginning of the fourteenth century the area of the hundred
had been materially reduced. First the abbot of Titchfield withdrew his
suit in respect of his manor of Swanwick in Titchfield parish, and
being called upon in 1279 to show by what warrant he claimed to do
so, pleaded successfully the charter of Henry III, granting to Titchfield
Abbey freedom from service at the courts of the shires and hundreds. (fn. 5)
Earlier in the same century
Peter des Roches transferred
the suit of Bromwich manor
to Fareham; in 1279 William de Valence, being summoned for neglecting to pay
the suit due from his manor
of Hook, pleaded that Hook
was a member of his manor
of Newton Valence, which
was exempted from suit at
the courts of the shire and
hundred, and his claim was
allowed. (fn. 6) In the same year
John of Brittany withdrew
his suit in respect of his
manors of Crofton, Lee
Markes, and Funtley, and as
he did not appear the sheriff
was ordered to distrain upon
his land. (fn. 7) These withdrawals
had reduced the hundred in
the time of Edward I to Wickham, Rowner, Stubbington, and Segenworth.
By 1316 Prallingworth and Bonewood had been added and Faccombe and
Bentley had been transferred to the hundreds of Pastrow and Thorngate respectively, while the king had recovered his suits of Funtley and Crofton. (fn. 8) In
1651 the hundred consisted of the tithings of Rowner, West Hook, Chark,
Wickham, Great Funtley, Little Funtley, and Stubbington, (fn. 9) all of which are
in the hundred of Titchfield to-day, with the exception of Prallingworth.
INDEX MAP to the HUNDRED of TITCHFIELD
||According to the Pop. Ret. 1831.
V.C.H. Hants, i, 456b.
||Chan. Inq. a.q.d. file 2, No. 31.
||Add. MS. 33284, fol. 106.
Cal. of Close, 1227–31, p. 179; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 765.
||Ibid. 765; Assize R. 788.
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 772; Coram Rege R. No. 70.
Feud. Aids, ii, 308, 309, 311.
||Parl. Surv. 1651.