THE HUNDRED OF BRIDGE AND PETHAM
LIES the next hundred southward from that of
Downhamford. It was formerly two separate hundreds, viz. of Bridge, and of Petham, called in
Domesday, Brige and Piteham, and they appear to
have been distinct in king Edward III.'s reign.
IT CONTAINS WITHIN ITS BOUNDS THE FOLLOWING
3. NACKINGTON in part.
4. LOWER HARDRES.
5. UPPER HARDRES in part.
6. PETHAM; and
7. WALTHAM in part.
And the churches of those parishes; and likewise part of the
parishes of CHARTHAM, and ST. STEPHEN'S, alias HACKINGTON, the churches of which are in other hundreds. Two constables have jurisdiction over it.
A court leet, of which the king is lord, is held yearly for
chusing a constable for the hundred of Bridge, and the several
borsholders in it.