Monday, February 26, 2007

north Somerset with Mary Mason

Portbury Hundred:
"A Hundred is an English division of the saxon shire. The Hundred was then divided into tithings.

The Portbury Hundred is thought to have contained ten tithings, the six Gordano villages, with Nailsea, Tickenham, Wraxall and Clevedon.
Some of the parishes belonging to the Hundred are situated in the moors southward; the rest lie behind the hills towards the Bristol Channel; into which the river Avon, empties its-self at the northernmost point.

The joining into the Severn provides an excellent road or station for ships, this is called King road. Portbury was the principal town in these parts, anciently a town of the Romans.
Many coins and foundations of buildings have been found on or near the Military Way that travels from Axbridge, via the Pouldon Hills to the sea at Portishead.

In the time of King William the Conqueror the Hundred of Portbury was certified in the Doomsday Book to contain 86½ hides; 63 of which were rated to the King; the rest were held by barons.
Each Hundred had its own Court where local offences were brought; and a fine or punishment was administered.
These Courts were still running in the nineteenth century"

Family History

Family names in the Portbury Hundred include:
Blake; Bessant; Lilly; Broomfield; Gale; Wedmore; Cullimore; Thorne;

Family names around the Cannington Hundred include: Blake; Saunders; Chudley; O`Brien; Wilkins.
Mary Mason has researched many of these lines and has many Family Trees but is concentrating on the Blakes and Bessants of the Portbury Hundred and the Blake and Saunders connection from around the Cannington area.


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