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The Hundreds of Staffordshire
Staffordshire was divided into five divisions called Hundreds for administrative purposes. These date back to the formation of the county as an administrative unit around the early 10th century in the reign of Edward the Elder. The Hundred courts levied taxes, dealt with law and order matters, and tried some civil and criminal offences. The functions of the Hundreds were gradually taken over by other local government organisations, although they retained some powers into the 19th century.