By the early 11th century much of England had been divided into shires for the purposes of administration. Those not still under the influence of the Danish were subdivided into hundreds, which were responsible for taxation, maintenance of the peace and legal matters in their areas of jurisdiction;[1] the Anglo-Saxon wapentakeAnglo-Saxon administrative unit. was the equivalent under the northern Danelaw.[2]

See also

  • Chiltern HundredsStewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds is a procedural device allowing members of parliament to resign before a general election.