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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 41
                                                     
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

of pannage over the denes in respect of these manors, to which they were appendant; and as the manors are referred to by name, there was no necessity to notice the denes further; at least so the Norman scribes might consider.
   It may therefore, I think, be fairly inferred that modern Tenterden, at the time of the Conquest, only comprised denes appendant to those distant manors. Subinfeudation soon followed; the tenure of many of them (including parts of Tenterden) was changed into lesser manors, and some of them were held by military service, such as guarding Dover Castle, etc. Those which were still preserved as denes were chiefly held by the Church and the religious houses. From the examination of the Court Rolls which I have had access to, I am of opinion that originally there were not less than thirty denes, or parts of denes, in Tenterden as it is now known to us, viz.:Tenterden itself, Pitlesden, Heronden, Prestone, Ridgeway, Housney, Dumborne, Meusden, West Cross, Chepperegge, Reading, Igglesden, Eldershurst, Strenchden, Elarndine, Godden, Gatesden, Morgue, Boresile, Bugglesden, Saltkendine, Finchdene, Twisdene, Haldene, Little Haldene, Dovedene, Haffendene, and

Brissendene. The manors to which these denes were appendant were situate, with one or two exceptions, in the eastern part of Kent, viz.:Aldington, Boughton Malherbe, Brook, Fridd in Bethersden, Great Chart, Northbourne, Reculver, Westwell, Wye.
   Let us now turn to the mode by which justice was administered here. When Kent first became a kingdom, it was divided into laths (peculiar to it); those in the Weald were known as Limowart and Wiwarlet; the next division was into hundreds, and the third into boroughs (called tithings in most other counties). In the Weald we also meet with quarters, such as Haffenden Quarter.
Both hundreds and tithings were doubtless of Roman origin, but these words have so long flourished apart from their roots that, as a modern writer (Milman) states, those roots and the modes of growth therefrom have been utterly forgotten.
   We first meet with Tenterden as a hundred about the twelfth century, and we find it classed with six neighbouring

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