THE HUNDRED OF MARTINSLEY
containing the parishes of Ayston; Beaumont Chase; Edith Weston; Hambleton; Lyndon; Manton; Martinsthorpe; Normanton; Preston; Ridlington; Uppingham; Wing
Martinsley Hundred takes its name from a piece of land so called, in
the parish of Martinsthorpe which Anthony Cope claimed in 1536 as late
parcel of the possessions of the priory of Brooke. (fn. 1) The hundred court was
probably held here on the high land between the rivers Gwash and Chater.
In 1086 Martinsley Hundred comprised only the manors of Oakham, Hambleton and Ridlington, but Braunston, Edith Weston, Lyndon, Manton, Martinsthorpe, Normanton and probably Uppingham were the seven berewicks or
outlying hamlets of Hambleton mentioned in the Domesday Survey, (fn. 2) and
Ayston and Wing were then included in Ridlington. In 1428 Martinsley
and Oakham still formed one hundred under the name of the Hundred of
Oakham with Martinsley, (fn. 3) and Martinsley Hundred has passed with Oakham
Barony (q.v.) to Mr. Wilfred Henry Finch, the present owner.
Separate views of frankpledge in Martinsley Hundred were claimed in
1286 by the Abbot of Westminster in Oakham and Barleythorpe, (fn. 4) and by
the Hospitallers in Whitwell, Gunthorpe, Martinsthorpe, Bernards-hill, and
|| MSS. of Earl of Denbigh (Hist. MSS. Com.), pp. 1, 2. It passed with the manor of Brooke (Feet of F.
Rutl. East. 4 Edw. VI).
|| V.C.H. Rutl. i, 139–40.
|| Feud. Aids, iv, 211.
|| Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 671–2.