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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 43
                                                     
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

thieves; and a gallows was set up in Tenterden (which has still its gallows green) and in all the principal hundreds. In the thirteenth century the powers of these local jurisdictions were materially curtailed; and judges were sent into each county, who held assizes for Kent at Canterbury and Rochester, and occasionally at Tunbridge.
   A brief notice taken from the earliest Plea Rolls, of some of the proceedings at these courts, during the thirteenth and early part of the fourteenth centuries, including the reigns of Henry III, Edward I, and Edward II, will shew how justice in matters affecting Tenterden was administered at that time, and will, I think, be of interest. Tenterden had now gradually emerged from a dene and a borough, and had become a ville or town.
   From the Plea Rolls I find it was adjudged that every holder of a tenement in Tenterden was bound to do suit and service at the Hundred Court, every three weeks, when summoned by the borsholder.
   Then the hundred was gildable, and subject to scot and lot, which was a customary contribution laid on all the 

inhabitants according to their ability. This burden appears to have been levied on all the inhabitants of the seven hundreds now brought under "Hundred Law," but I have not met with it in the more ancient hundreds of Kent. The justice of such a payment is obvious, as portions of the district still remained unreclaimed. The hundred was relieved from this burden in the reign of Henry VI, when Tenterden was united to the Cinque Ports.
   The fair at Tenterden was then held on the eve and day of the Feast of St. Mildred; it had been hitherto exempt from tolls, but the King's bailiff had recently exacted them and was to answer for it.
   The bailiffs of the hundred of Tenterden and of the liberties of the archbishop and the prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, were accused of amercing offenders, for breaking the assize of bread and ale, instead of punishing the delinquents by pillory and tumbril. Henry III had passed a statute that, if the offence was grievous, the baker should go to the pillory, and the brewer to the tumbril.

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