According to the Victoria County History, the derivation of the name of Hurstingstone is not clear; one possibility is that Hurstingstone comes from the name of the tribe of Hirstina (or Hyrstingas) who had settled in the area. There was a stone called the Hursting Stone on Hustingstone Hill which is the highest point on the road between St Ives and Old Hurst; it was here that the hundred's moot was held until it was moved to Broughton in the 14th century. There was a gallows on Hurstingstone Hill. The Hundred was given by Henry I to the abbot and convent of Ramsey c. 1155 in whose possession it remained until the dissolution of the monastery in 1539. By 1654 the hundred was sold to Edward Montagu and has been in the family of the Earls of Sandwich ever since.
The Hursting Stone resembles the shape of a chair and it is also known as the Abbot's Chair. It is possible that the Hursting Stone was used as a plinth for a stone cross around the 12th century when such crosses were commonly erected at boundaries. The stone has been moved and is now at the Norris Museum in St Ives.
In 1870-72, Hurstingstone was described like this:
HURSTINGSTONE, a hundred in Huntingdon; named from an ancient stone near Old Hurst; and containing Old Hurst parish, twenty-two other parishes, and part of another. Acres, 72, 670. Pop. in 1851, 20, 946; in 1861, 19, 961. Houses, 4, 323.
The hundred comprises the ancient parishes of:
- Professor J.J.N. Palmer, University of Hull. "Domesday Book Map: Hundred of Hurstingstone". Anna Powell-Smith. http://opendomesday.org/hundred/hurstingstone/. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- Dr Ann Williams, Professor G.H. Martin, ed (1992). Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin Books. pp. 551–561. ISBN 0-141-00523-8.
- William Page, Granville Proby, S. Inskip Ladds, ed (1936). "A History of the County of Huntingdon: Volume 2: The hundred of Hurstingstone". pp. 149–152. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66132. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
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