Wapentake is the Danelaw equivalent to the “Hundred” in Anglo-Saxon England and is a political district, a collection of local parishes, the main subdivisions of a county. The court is likely to have met monthly, at Loveden Hill. The word Wapentake means “show your weapon”. The idea was that all in favour of a resolution would raise their sword etc. to show agreement.
The Domesday Book (1086) lists the following places in Loveden Wapentake:
- [Brant] Broughton
- Holme – this village (just south of Sutton) is now abandoned, but in Saxon times it included Beckingham and Stragglethorpe.
- [Long] Bennington
- Hough [-on-the-Hill]
- Carlton [Scroop]
- [Dry] Doddington
- [West] Willoughby