Godley (hundred)

Godley (hundred)

right|350px|thumb|Godley_is_to_the_north_of_the_Surrey hundreds] Godley was a hundred in what is now Surrey, England. Egham, Thorpe, Chertsey and Chobham are all mentioned in the Chertsey Abbey charter of 673AD due to a donation by Frithuwold. Chobham manor needed to be large to have a reasonable economic importance as it covered very poor quality heathland. Most of the population of the hundred would have settled on the more fertile alluvial soil bordering the Thames.

Godley appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as "Godelie". Godley was a hundred (these are not marked on the Surrey map, which shows only Domesday manors) an administrative area, where local leaders met about once a month. [ [http://www.gwp.enta.net/surrnames.htm Surrey Domesday Book] ] It included the manors of Chobham, Egham, Thorpe, Chertsey, Pyrford and Byfleet. It is worth noting that Pyrford is within the Godley hundred but lies within the Woking parish. [ [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43001 British history] ]

The hundred was probably bounded to the west by the River Blackwater and to the west by the River Thames. To the north was the Land of Sunningas; to the south Woking (hundred) and then the Land of Godhelmingas, to the west the Land of Basingas. [ [http://www.chobham.info/landholding.htm Map of area and analysis] ] [ [http://www.chobham.org.uk/st.htm Chobham information] ]

In the Godley hundred, in Saxon times, the heriot, death duties, usually consisted of the tenants' best beast. [ [http://www.chobham.org.uk/feudal_glossary.htm Feudal glossary] ]

ee also

:Medieval Surrey:Surrey hundreds


External links

* [http://www.leyhunt.fsnet.co.uk/lhunt87.htm A life of Ley Hunting]

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