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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 46
                                                     
THE EARLY HISTORY OF TENTERDEN. By Robert Furley, F.S.A.   Continued

merits, who afterwards became Chancellor of England and Bishop of London). Maunsell had authority from the Pope to induct Henry de Wingham; but the inhabitants resisted the appointment, and assembled an armed band in the church to eject the promoters of the nominee. A conflict ensued, which terminated fatally. Henry III was appealed to, and he, by letters patent, pardoned the offenders, and directed the justices not to interfere.
   This affray possibly led to the final appropriation of the church to the monastery of St. Augustine, subject to the maintenance of a perpetual vicar, which took place four years later (A.D. 1259). So it remained until the dissolution of that monastery, when the right of advowson passed to the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, with whom it still remains. The present church has been ably described by my friend, the Rev. A. J. Pearman. It is one of the four Kentish churches dedicated to St. Mildred, and one of sixteen parishes with "den" as its suffix.
   The whole of the Weald of Kent had been formed into parishes by the end of the thirteenth century, which is 

proved by the Taxatio Ecclesiastica granted to Edward I by Pope Nicholas IV.
   I will next refer to the Hundred Roll prepared at the commencement of the reign of Edward I (A.D. 1274), being a return made to this King by a jury assembled in each hundred, who were directed to inquire into, and report on, the conduct of the sheriffs, bailiffs, etc., who were accused of defrauding the Crown and oppressing the people. The farming out, to the highest bidder, of the emoluments of civil offices led to great extortion, and was contrary to the provisions of Magna Charta, and often drove the inhabitants from their hundreds. In this Roll, Tenterden is returned as one of the Seven Hundreds, which belonged to the King, and was held by Stephen de Peneshurst, subject to the yearly payment of 10 to the castle of Dover. Roger de Benyndene was then the bailiff, and Hugh de Wy the clerk, against whom there is a long list of complaints from the good people of Tenterden and others; and his death, which is recorded shortly afterwards, must have been a great relief to them.

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