The hundred was named after a site in Eversholt parish. The area west of the Watling Street is recorded in the Domesday Book as the half-hundred of Stanbridge, and there is also a mention of a hundred called Odecroft which may have covered the area south of the Ouzel Brook. By the early 14th century, these areas had effectively been incorporated into Manshead hundred.
The hundred contained the following parishes:
Aspley Guise, Battlesden, Chalgrave, Dunstable, Eaton Bray, Eversholt, Harlington, Hockliffe, Holcot, Houghton Regis, Husborne Crawley, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Bryan, Potsgrove, Salford, Studham, Tilsworth, Tingrith, Toddington, Totternhoe, Westoning, Whipsnade, Woburn
Recent use of the name
- When the Manshead Archaeological Society (www.manshead.org.uk) was formed in 1952, the name of the ancient hundred was chosen to embrace the intended area of activity.
- Manshead Upper School (www.mansheadschool.co.uk) gained the name after much discussion in 1972 when comprehensive schools were introduced in Dunstable.
- Since 2002, the Manshead electoral ward of South Bedfordshire (now Central Bedfordshire) has covered part of Dunstable near to Manshead School.
- Vision of Britain: Manshead Hundred Boundaries.
- F. R. Thorn, "Hundreds and wapentakes", in A. Williams and G. H. Martin (editors), The Bedfordshire Domesday, Alecto Historical Editions, 1991, ISBN 0-948459-84-0, pages 59, 63 and 64.
- "Bedfordshire Hundreds". Bedfordshire County Council.
- J. Schneider, "The Manshead Archaeological Society 1951–1991", Bedfordshire Archaeology, 20, page 96, 1992.
- Northfields School 1936–1986, Dunstable Town Council, page 59.
- The District of South Bedfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2001.
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