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Tipnoak Hundred

Hundred in the County of Sussex

Historical Forms

  • Hanfeld 1187 P
  • Tippenhok 1262 Ass
  • Typpenhoke 1279 Ass
  • Typenok 1265,1341 Misc 1272 RH 1332 SR 1428 FA
  • Stipenhoke 1272 RH
  • Typenhoc 1316 FA


The second name seems to contain as its first element the same pers. name that is found in Debden (Ess), Tippedene in KCD 813, a 15th cent, copy of a charter of 1062, Tipenden ' 1177.There we have also Tippe-burne , Tippa-burne and the same name seems to be found in Tiptree (Ess), Typpetree in 1221 (BM).Tippa may be an unvoiced form of the well-established Tibba .Such pairs of pet-names are not uncommon. The second element is more likely to be 'oak' than 'hook,' for trees very often marked the site of a hundred meeting-place. Where Tippa's oak was we do not know. Possibly it may have been at Hundred Steddle (6″), cf. a similar name supra 79. As late as 1552, in a survey of the manor of Streatham we have mention of 'the hundreth place called Typnocke .' At some stage in the history of the hundred the meeting-place was doubtless at the motstow whose name is preserved in Moustows Manor infra 218, right in the village of Henfield. Cf. Munster House in Fulham (Mx), Great Mustow in 1479 (FF), and Mustow in Castle Hedingham (Ess), the meeting-place of Hinckford Hundred.

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