Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

The Hundredstone – a neglected piece of Yeovil’s history.

The Hundredstone - Mudford Road, Yeovil

The Hundredstone – Mudford Road, Yeovil Photo. Jean Harper

       
This apparently insignificant stone stands on Mudford Road on the northern edge of the town of Yeovil at a spot with views towards both Glastonbury and Cadbury Castle and between the ancient earthworks of Cadbury Castle and Ham Hill. Who put it there? And for what reason? We shall probably never know the answer to these questions, but when the Saxons settled in this part of the country the stone acquired a new significance.

They brought with them their system of government which divided the country into administrative areas known as Hundreds. These were originally areas which yielded 100 men for the King’s service and were governed by courts or moots made up of representatives from the Hundred. And our stone became the meeting place for the representatives of the local Hundred, which became known as the Hundred of Stone.

Moots continued to be held here albeit in a much watered-down form long after the Hundred had ceased to be a political entity. In fact the last such meeting took place as late as 1843 when the members of the court assembled, solemnly encircled the stone, poured a libation of wine into the hollow in the top “according to ancient usage”, and then adjourned to a Yeovil hostelry. Nowadays it stands there lonely and ignored.

Words and photograph contributed by Jean Harper
Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society

One Response to Yeovil’s Hundred Stone

  • It is a pity that there is no explanation for the photo taken at “Silk Hill” when there is a good heading for the other three. Did I miss something?

    Otherwise I like the appearance of the new website. Thanks for putting in my effort. I am still amazed at the quality of the detail you found in the background of My picture, especially considering it is only quite a cheap camera.

    Jean

Programme

All YALHS talks start at 7:30pm and are held at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU (Non-members Welcome – £2 at the door)


Click >H e r e for a Detailed Programme


Summer Programme 2018
Tue 12th Jun – Guided Tour Weymouth Museum
Fri 6th Jul – South Petherton Walkabout – Meet at the Parish Church
August – Visit an Archaeological Site
Fri 6th Sep – Visit Somerset Rural Life Museum


Winter Talks 2018/19
Fri 5th Oct – Muchelney Abbey – from its obscure origins, through the Norman Conquest to the Dissolution
Fri 2nd Nov – Talk on the World War One – about the local lads who went to war and the lasses role in the war
Fri 5th Dec – The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the wreck of the Holswel
Fri 4th Jan 19 – Members’ Evening – all welcome – Join us for various talks, a quiz and light refreshments
Fri 1st Feb – Roman History of Ilchester
Fri 2nd Mar – Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity Brought forward from last year
5th Apr (Fri) ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’
3rd May (Fri) AGM followed by a talk – Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil – (Non-members – free entrance!) – bring a friend


Gallery
2014 - pg106_plate 111 2014 - pg109_plate 116 2014 - pg121_plate 130 Leslie-Booke's-Model-ofThe- Silk Hill, Salisbury Plain St John's Church, Yeovil St John's Churchyard, archaeology day 6 Stained-Glass-at-Long-Burto Tail-Mill-Merriott-in-2014( Yeovil-St-John's-Chancel-Ro