THE HUNDRED OF LITTLE AND LESNES
LIES next northward from that of Ruxley. In
the general survey of Domesday it is called the hundred
of Litelai; which name it retained in the reign of king
Edward I. the king being then lord of it.
In the 20th year of king Edward III. on levying
forty shillings on every knights fee, this hundred of
Litley answered for one knight's fee and a half.
In the reign of king Henry IV. I find it called by
its present name, of Little and Lesnes; the latter being, in fact, no more than the name of one of the two
half hundreds into which it was divided. Two constables have jurisdiction over it.
IT CONTAINS THE PARISHES OF
1. EAST WICKHAM.
And the churches of those parishes.