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Dill Hundred

Hundred in the County of Sussex

Historical Forms

  • Latille 1086 DB
  • Title 1179 P
  • Tylle 1248 Ass 1279 QW
  • Thille 1262 Ass 1332 SR
  • La Dylle 1377 FF
  • Dyll 1565 DuLa
  • atte Thylle in 1307 (Ct)


The meeting-place must have been in Hellingly for in 1382 (Ass ) we have mention of la Thylle in Hellingly. It is clearly the OE  word þille which meant 'boarding, flooring,' the reference possibly being to some structure made of planks, used at the meetings of the Hundred, cf. Hundredsteddle supra 88.Mr Budgen calls our attention to what may have been another example of this name in Sussex, viz. the tithing of Dylle in Foxearle Hundred, first found in 16th cent, court rolls, but taking its name from a place in Bucksteep in Warbleton called atte Thylle in 1307 (Ct ).

Parishes in this Hundred