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Staving John Cowan:


>BTW, the Four Farthings of JRRT's Shire are explicitly modeled on the
>Yorkshire ridings, with "farthing" = "fourth-part" (a former coin worth
>1/4 of a penny) used instead of "thriding".

Other traditional subdivisions of shires.

Rape            used in Sussex
Wapentake       not sure, probably somewhere in East Anglia.
Hundred almost universal.
Soke            The area around Peterborough.

Pete