The English land division called the tithing was a grouping of ten households (Scandinavian: ten = ti, assembly = thing). Allied to this concept was a local administrative unit also called a tithing or tything, with essentially legal responsibilities, exercised by a "tithingman".[1] Both meanings originated in Anglo-Saxon times, through arrangements for the management of estates, taxation and criminal law, for example in the procedure known as "view of frankpledge."


  1. Dictionary definition of "Tithing" and Dictionary definition of "Tithingman". Webster's Online Dictionary. Retrieved June 9 2008.

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