In the 14th century the divisions were more frequently described as hundreds, and Wirksworth alone retained the designation wapentake until modern times.
North of the Tees, Sadberg in Durham is the only district which was called a wapentake, and the rest of the ancient administrative divisions of the three northern counties were called wards.
As a general rule each wapentake had its own court, which had the same jurisdiction as the hundred courts of the southern counties.
The ridings were each presided over by a riding-reeve, and wapentake courts were held in the reign of Henry I.
every three weeks, while twice a year all the freemen of the wapentake were summoned to the view of frankpledge or tourn held by the sheriff.