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

The Hundredstone - Mudford Road, Yeovil

The Hundredstone – Mudford Road, Yeovil Photo. Jean Harper

       
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 (Restored maybe from Chronicle)

  • 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

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