Place:Ossulstone Hundred, Middlesex, England

NameOssulstone Hundred
Coordinates51.512°N 0.162°W
Located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
Also located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
See alsoGreater London, Englandadministrative authority covering the area since 1965
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Ossulstone Hundred is an obsolete subdivision (called a hundred) covering 26.4% – and the most metropolitan part – of the historic county of Middlesex, England. Its area has been entirely absorbed by the growth of London; and now corresponds to the seven London Boroughs of Inner London north of the River Thames and, from Outer London, certain historic parishes in the London boroughs of Ealing, Brent, Barnet, Hounslow and Haringey.

In 1831 the hundred had an area of 47,950 acres (194.0 km2) which supported a population of 1,008,441. In 1881 (about the time the concept of hundreds was being conceded to the history books) the population had increased to 2,205,806.

The City of London had a special definition which kept it outside of any hundred.


In the 17th century the hundred was split into five "divisions", each of which had its own hundred courts and so assumed the remnant administrative purposes of the Hundred. The Tower Division (also known as Tower Hamlets) had significant further responsibilities, as by having its own Lord Lieutenant it took on military responsibilities normally exercised at county level.

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The parishes of Brentford [B] and Limehouse [L] were omitted from the map key.

The five divisions of Ossulstone were:

DivisionLarge ParishesSmall Parishes
Kensington Division Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Chiswick, Ealing, Acton, Willesden and Brentford West Twyford
Holborn Division Marylebone, Paddington, St. Pancras and Hampstead. St. Giles in the Fields, Westminster and St. George, in Bloomsbury (marked in the map code as St. Geo & St. Giles), St. Andrew Holborn Above the Bars (also known as Holborn St. Andrew), and Holborn St. George the Martyr, Saffron Hill (with Hatton Garden, Ely Rents and Ely Place, the Liberty of the Rolls, the Precinct of the Savoy or The Savoy. The two parishes of St. Andrew Holborn Above the Bars and St. George the Martyr merged in 1767 and together are now known colloquially as "Holborn St. Andrew" or "St. Andrew's Holborn".
Finsbury Division Islington or Islington St. Mary including Highbury; Finchley, Hornsey, Friern Barnet, Stoke Newington St. Luke Old Street; Glasshouse Yard; St. Sepulchre Without the Walls, Clerkenwell, Charterhouse
Tower Hamlets Division Hackney (including Upper Clapton and Lower Clapton, Dalston and Homerton), Shoreditch (including Haggerston and Hoxton), Bethnal Green, Stepney, Bow (also known as Stratford le Bow), Mile End Old Town and Mile End New Town, Poplar, and Bromley by Bow (less often known as Bromley) Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Norton Folgate, Limehouse, Ratcliff, Shadwell, Wapping, and St. George in the East.
Westminster Division Small parishes of the City of Westminster averaged much larger in size than those of the City of London. Some of them are quite large in size. Close of the Collegiate Church of St Peter (Westminster Abbey), Westminster St. Margaret and Westminster St. John (parish merged with Westminster St. Margaret). Liberty or Liberties: Westminster St Anne (also known as Soho), Westminster St. Clement Danes, Westminster St. George Hanover Square (also known as Mayfair and Belgravia), Westminster St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster St. James Piccadilly, Westminster St. Mary le Strand, and Westminster St. Paul Covent Garden

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