THE HUNDRED OF HIGHAM FERRERS
Containing The Parishes of Bozeat; Chelveston-Cum-Caldecott; Easton Maudit; Hargrave; Higham Ferrers Borough (fn. 1) ; Higham Park; Irchester; Newton Bromswold; Raunds; Ringstead; Rushden; Stanwick; Strixton; Wollaston
Map of the Hundred
In the Geld Roll of about 1076 and in the following century the Hundred
of Higham Ferrers is given as one and a half hundreds. (fn. 2) In 1086 it was held
by William Peverel, who also held the manor of Higham Ferrers, (fn. 3) and the
hundred and manor (q.v.) have subsequently remained in the same hands.
In the Domesday Survey the following
lands belonged to it: Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Chelveston, Caldecott,
Knuston, Irchester, Easton Maudit,
Farndish, Poddington, Raunds, (fn. 4)
Bozeat, and Hargrave, (fn. 5) as well as 10½
hides in Finedon (fn. 6) and certain unnamed
lands, which by comparison with the
12th-century survey of Northamptonshire can be identified with Strixton. (fn. 7)
Newton Bromswold which belonged
to William Peverel in 1086 is returned
in Hamfordshoe Hundred (fn. 8) but before
the Northamptonshire Survey of the
next century it was certainly in Higham
Hundred. (fn. 9) Farndish and parts of Poddington lie in Bedfordshire, but in the
early 18th century the lands of the
Hundred of Higham Ferrers were
much interlaced with those of the neighbouring county. (fn. 10) In 1602 both the
court leet and the three-weeks court
were indiscriminately described in estreat rolls as the hundred court, (fn. 11) but by
1674 they were distinguished as the court leet or view of frankpledge and the
court baron of the hundred. (fn. 12) The courts were generally held at Higham
Ferrers, (fn. 13) but in October 1694 there is an instance of their being held at
Raunds. (fn. 14) In Queen Elizabeth's reign the freeholders who owed suit to the
three-weeks court paid a yearly fine at one of the half-yearly leets from their
lands in the hundred, in lieu of doing suit. (fn. 15) In 1651 these fines amounted to
12s. a year, the profits of the two courts being £4. (fn. 16) Throughout the 17th
century cases of debt and trespass were heard in the hundred court, as well as
occasional matters relating to tolls and bridge-repairs. (fn. 17)
|| V.C.H. Northants. i, 297, 276b.
|| Ibid. 336b.
|| Ibid. 336b, 337a.
|| Ibid. 338b.
|| Ibid. 308a.
|| Ibid. i, 342a, 376b.
|| Ibid. 311a.
|| Ibid. 376b.
|| Bridges, Hist, of Northants. ii, 157.
|| Duchy of Lanc. Ct. R. (P.R.O.), bdle. 105, no. 1502.
|| Ibid. nos. 1506, 1516.
|| For Higham Ferrers Borough and Higham Park see V.C.H. Northants. iii, 263–80.
|| Duchy of Lanc. Ct. R. (P.R.O.), nos. 1502, 1506, 1514, 1516, 1518.
|| Ibid. no. 1518.
|| Ibid. nos. 1502, 1506.
|| Rentals and Surv. (P.R.O.), Parl. Surv. Northants. 5.
|| Duchy of Lanc. Ct. R. (P.R.O.), bdle. 105.