England, Kent, Lathe

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A lathe is an ancient administrative subdivision into which Kent was formerly divided. Usually compared to the hundred, each lathe comprised several hundreds.[1]

Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) describes them thus: "In some counties there is an intermediate division between the shire and the hundreds, as lathes in Kent, and rapes in Sussex." (Vol. 1, p. 116).


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  1. "lathe" in David Hey (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2nd ed., 2008, Oxford University Press; ISBN-13: 9780199532988) published to Oxford Reference Online, 2009-2012; eISBN: 9780191735042. Accessed 22 Jul 2013.