Newport Hundred

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Coordinates: 52°06′43″N 0°45′39″W / 52.11194°N 0.76083°W / 52.11194; -0.76083

Newport Hundred
 • 1861 74,481 acres (301.41 km2)[1]
 • 1861 27,879[2]
 • Created 13th century[3]
 • Abolished 1880s
Status Hundred
 • HQ Gayhurst
 • Type Parishes

Newport Hundred was a hundred in the county of Buckinghamshire, England. It was situated in the north of the county and forming the boundary with the counties of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. It was commonly known as 'the three hundreds of Newport' because it amalgamated three earlier (11C) hundreds: Bonestou, Moulsoe and Siglelai (or Seckley). Its modern equivalent is the Borough of Milton Keynes, which covers almost exactly the same area (plus a little of the former Winslow Hundred which was one of 18 ancient hundreds amalgamated under the administrative control of Cottesloe Hundred).


Until at least the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086 there were 18 hundreds in Buckinghamshire. It has been suggested however that neighbouring hundreds had already become more closely associated in the 11th century so that by the end of the 14th century the original or ancient hundreds had been consolidated into 8 larger hundreds.[4] Newport became the name of the hundred formed from the combined 11th century hundreds of Bonestou, Moulsoe and Sigelai although these original names still persisted in official records until at least the early part of the 17th century. The court leet for Buckingham hundred was every three weeks near Gayhurst and in 1830 also took place at the Swan Inn Newport Pagnell.[3]

Traces of the moot hill of Sigelai Hundred were discovered by archaeologists working for Milton Keynes Development Corporation, during the construction of Central Milton Keynes; the site is behind the central library and has been reconstructed.[5]

Parishes and hamlets[edit]

Newport hundred comprised the following ancient parishes and hamlets, (formerly medieval vills), allocated to their respective 11th century hundred:[3]

Bonestou Moulsoe Sigelai
Cold Brayfield Astwood and Water Eaton Bletchley (with Fenny Stratford)
Gayhurst Broughton Bradwell
Hanslope (with Castlethorpe) Bow Brickhill Bradwell Abbey
Haversham Little Brickhill Calverton
Lathbury Great Brickhill Great Linford
Lavendon Chicheley Loughton
Little Linford Clifton Reynes Newport Pagnell (with Caldecote)
Newton Blossomville North Crawley Newton Longville
Olney (with Warrington) Emberton (with Petsoe Manor) Shenley (part of)
Ravenstone Fenny Stratford Simpson
Stoke Goldington Hardmead Stantonbury
Tyringham (with Filgrave) Milton Keynes Stoke Hammond
Weston Underwood Moulsoe Stony Stratford
  Sherington Willen
  Walton Great Woolstone
  Wavendon Little Woolstone
    Woughton on the Green

See also[edit]