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).


  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.