Titchfield Hundred

The manor and the hundred and the shire were Saxon administrative inventions and were adopted without change by the Normans. The French name of Manor was substituted as was County, but the Hundred ┬ákept its Saxon name. Broadly speaking the hundred was a definable area of land between 1000 and 3000 acres which would support…

By wilfrid 29th September 2016 0

Titchfield in 1066

900 years ago this year, England’s political structure changed. The new king very quickly replaced all the minor Saxon lords known as thanes and replaced them with more powerful barons and bishops. These men were granted great tracts of land, often scattered across the country, which they could hold from the king as tenants-in-chief. In…

By wilfrid 27th September 2016 0

St Margaret’s Priory

The first thing that can be said about St Margaret’s Priory is that it was never a priory. The name was adopted in the 20th century as a fashionable name for an old building. Parts of the building date from the late 16th century or early 17th century and the dominant feature of the building,…

By wilfrid 20th September 2016 0