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 (wŏp′ən-tāk′, wăp′-)
A historical subdivision of some northern counties in England, corresponding roughly to the hundred in other shires.

[Middle English, from Old English wæpengetæc (translation of Old Norse vāpnatak, act of taking weapons to indicate assent in an assembly) : wæpen, weapon + -getæc, act of taking (from tacan, to take; see take).]
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(ˈwɒpənˌteɪk; ˈwæp-)
(Historical Terms) English legal history a subdivision of certain shires or counties, esp in the Midlands and North of England, corresponding to the hundred in other shires
[Old English wǣpen(ge)tæc, from Old Norse vāpnatak, from vápn weapon + tak take]
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(ˈwɒp ənˌteɪk, ˈwæp-)

(formerly, in N England and the Midlands) a subdivision of a shire or county corresponding to the historical hundred of other counties.
[before 1000; Middle English < Old Norse vāpnatak (compare Old English wǣpen-getæc) show of weapons at public voting =vāpna (genitive pl. of vāpn weapon) + tak taking; see take]
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"I am a man of the north country, from the town of Beverley and the wapentake of Holderness," he answered.
It was commended by Historic England for the refurbishment of 92 Kirkgate in Leeds which is now the Wapentake cafe bar.
(5) & we willa[eth], [thorn]aet man namige on aelcon and we want.PL.IND that one appoint.3SG.SBJV in each.N.DAT waepengetace II triwe [thorn]egnas & aenne wapentake.DAT two trustworthy thanes and one.M.ACC maessepreost, [thorn]aet hi hit gegaderian & eft agifan, priest so.that they it gather.PL.SBJV and then pay.PL.SBJV swa hi durran to swerian such.as they dare.PL to swear.INF
The essays in this volume offer an excellent opportunity to take stock of where we are now in terms of the small industry of scholarship that has taken as its focus the life and career of the fifteenth-century North Yorkshire gentleman scribe and book producer, Robert Thornton of East Newton in the parish of Stonegrave and the wapentake of Ryedale.
Thacker, Alan and Elizabeth Williamson (eds.), A History of the County of York: East Riding: Harthill Wapentake, Bainton Beacon Division.
An atmospheric photograph shows the site of the "Spear Tree," the former Bronze Age burial mound on the Roman road north of Kibworth, which became the place where Anglo-Saxons would gather in wapentake (their assent to decisions signified by brandishing their spears) and continued to be the meeting place of local juries until the 1720's.