|Dictionary of British History|
A commote is an administrative district used throughout Wales from the medieval period. Commotes were introduced as subdivision of the cantref, the Welsh equivilent of the English hundred. The cantref was originally a centre for the administration of Welsh law, but this role was later taken over by the commote. There were usually 2 to 3 commotes per cantref, but there could be as many as seven.
Time period(s): Medieval
Discounted Historic Hotels
Name the Historic attraction
British Heritage Awards
Celebrate the best of British Heritage in our annual
British History Quiz
This monastery on the banks of the River Tyne was the home of scholar and author The Venerable Bede
It was founded by St Benedict Biscop in 681
Its famous library, where Bede wrote, was founded by Benedict with relics and books from Rome
This Day in British History
01 November, 1848
First railway bookstall opens
The stall was part of expansion to Euston station. Not groundbreaking history, but still a transformation in how people travelled! What was it like before this?