Wednesday, 26 August 2020

What are the Trinobanjes and the Goare Hundreds

 I was intrigued by a map attached to a Tweet by the Mill Hill Historical Society. The area we know as Harrow/Wembley/Edgware is called the Trinobanjes and Stanmore/Edgware is called the Goare Hundred.

I've lived around here all of my life and I've never heard these terms before. Can anyone throw any light on what the Trinobanjes and Goare Hundred are? What did they refer to? Is someone from Wembley a Trinobanjian?

Robert Elms on BBC Radio London took this up as a note and query on his show. We now know the answer. The Trinovantes were a pre Roman tribe who were mainly located in Essex. It is unclear why they were labelled here on this map from 1676. Thanks to the Mill Hill Historical Society for more info

I am also endebted to my sister, who used to be the clerk of court at Hendon Magistrates court. She tells me that when she worked at the Court, the are was known as 'The Gore District', so the name persists. 

This map shows the 'hundreds' that made up the district of Middlesex

You can hear my query after eleven and the answers between twelve and one pm on Roberts Show.

Here's the original tweet that started the debate

1 comment:

Alan S. said...

From Wikipedia: "The Trinovantes or Trinobantes were one of the Celtic tribes of pre-Roman Britain. Their territory was on the north side of the Thames estuary in current Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk, and included lands now located in Greater London. They were bordered to the north by the Iceni, and to the west by the Catuvellauni. Their name possibly derives from the Celtic intensive prefix "tri-" and a second element which was either "novio" – new, so meaning "very new" in the sense of "newcomers", but possibly with an applied sense of vigorous or lively ultimately meaning "the very vigorous people". Their capital was Camulodunum (modern Colchester)..."