THE HUNDRED OF REIGATE
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
||REIGATE (fn. 1)
This hundred was known as the hundred of Cherchefelle at the time of
the Domesday Survey and afterwards. The name Reigate occurs in 1199. (fn. 2)
In 1086 Buckland, Chipstead, Gatton, Merstham, Nutfield, and Reigate
(Cherchefelle) were placed in this hundred, which also included Orde, which
has been identified with the parish of Worth in Sussex; (fn. 3) possibly, however,
it represents North and South Worth in
Merstham (see under that parish). Charlwood was probably included in Merstham,
of which manor it was a member (see
account of Charlwood). The chief manor
in Leigh (q.v.) appears, shortly after the
Survey, as a member of Ewell, and was
probably so regarded in 1086 also. Burstow and Horley (q.v.) were in Wimbledon and Banstead. Part of Betchworth
appears in Wotton Hundred, (fn. 4) but was included in Reigate Hundred before 1279. (fn. 5)
INDEX MAP TO THE HUNDRED OF REIGATE
The hundred seems to have always
been a royal one. (fn. 6) A grant of the office
of bailiff of this hundred with that of
Tandridge was made in 1485 to Thomas
Body. (fn. 7) To a lay subsidy levied in 1546
the hundreds of Tandridge and Reigate
contributed together £420 10s. 8d., of
which £235 5s. 8d. was raised in Reigate Hundred. (fn. 8) A lease of the farm
of the two hundreds for twenty-one years was made in 1617 to Thomas
Hunt. (fn. 9) A Parliamentary Survey (fn. 10) made in 1651 shows that the certainty
money due from both hundreds annually amounted to £4 14s. 6d. whilst
profits of court, amercements, and other perquisites were valued annually
at £8 13s. 4d. The courts leet for both hundreds were kept at Undersnowe, (fn. 11) and were held by the sheriff of the county, who received the profits
and accounted for them to the public exchequer; the lord might also call
and keep a court leet in any of the townships or tithings in the hundreds
which paid a common fine. The surveyors stated that they could not
discover that a three-weekly court had ever been held for the hundreds,
although they believed the lord thereof might hold one if he pleased.
||The parish of Newdigate, which is partly in this hundred, is treated under Copthorne Hundred.
V.C.H. Surr. i, 297, note 4.
||Ibid. i, 316a.
||Ibid. i, 321a.
||Assize R. 877, m. 56.
||Ibid. 878, m. 34.
Mat. for Hist. of Hen. VII (Rolls Ser.), i, 256.
||Lay Subsidies, Surr. bdle. 185, no. 220.
||Pat. 15 Jas. I, pt. xxxi, no. 44.
||Parl. Surv. Surr. no. 3.
||Undersnowe was a place between Godstone, Oxted, and Tandridge, where three
ways meet, near the south-east corner of
Rooksnest Park, in Tandridge Hundred.