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THE HOLDERS OF LANDS this land, whether from the church, or from Earl Leofric (Leuric) whom he served. They say however that they themselves held it from Earl Leofric and were able to betake them- selves (se vertere) whither they would, with the land. The remaining 7^ hides Britnod and Alwi held T.R.E. But the county knows not from whom they may have held. Bishop Wulfstan (IVlstan 1 ) however says that he made good his claim to (depladtasu] this land before Queen Mathilda (regina Mathildi) in presence of four sheriffdoms (vicecomitatuum), and thereof (inde) he has the writs of King William and the testimony of the county of Warwic(k).* The same bishop holds in LOCHESHAM [? Loxley] i hide. 3 There is land for 3 ploughs. In the demesne is one ; and there are 4 villeins with i plough. T.R.E. and afterwards it was worth 20 shillings ; now 25 shillings. The same bishop holds SPELESBERIE [Spils- bury] 3 and Urse of him. There are 10 hides. There is land for 1 6 ploughs. In the demesne are 4 ploughs and 5 serfs ; and (there are) 25 villeins and 12 bordars with 12 ploughs. There is a mill worth (de) 50 pence, and 32 acres of meadow, and (of) pastures (pascua) 36 acres. (There is) wood(land) i league and I furlong long, and 7 furlongs broad. It was and is worth 10 pounds. IN MERETON f MARTON] HUNDRET 4 The same bishop holds in FLECHENHO [Flecknoe] s 2 hides and half a virgate of land, and Lewin (holds it) of him. There is land for 2 ploughs. There are 2 villeins and 1 The whole of this passage from Bricstuin on- ward is written at the foot of a column and at the end of the list of the lands of the Bishop of Worces- ter. Reference-signs connect it with the entry re- lating to Alveston. (Sec, for it, the Introduction.) 3 The fact that SPELESBERIE, referred to in the next entry, is in Oxfordshire inclined me to think that this may be Bloxham in that county. But I find no trace of any interest held by the bishop or church of Worcester in Bloxham, where- as in Loxley temp. Edw. I. the monks of Worcester had a rent. Moreover if we accept Dugdale's suggestion that Lochesham is part of Loxley we find that the total hidage of the place would be the frequently occurring five hides. 3 In Oxfordshire, though here entered under Warwickshire. 4 This heading is inserted in the margin. 6 Called 'Flekcnho' by Dugdale. It is a hamlet in the parish of Wolfhamcoteand Hundred of Knightlow. After the date of Domesday it appears, as we should expect, in Marton leet. I bordar with i plough. There are 6 acres of meadow. T.R.E. and afterwards it was worth 10 shillings ; now 2O shillings. HI!. THE LAND OF THE BISHOP OF BAYEUX The Bishop of Bayeux holds of the king ARUE [Arrow],' and Stephen (holds it) of him. Lewin held it and was a free man. There are "] hides. There is land for 5 ploughs. In the demesne are two ; and (there are) 8 villeins and 10 bordars with 4 ploughs. There is a mill worth (tie) 6 shillings and 8 pence, and 30 acres of meadow. (There is) wood(land) i league . . . and 2 furlongs broad. T.R.E. it was worth 60 shillings, and afterwards 40 shillings ; now 4 pounds. IN TREMELAU HUNDRET The same bishop holds in EDRICESTONE [Atherstone upon Stour] 4 hides, and Corbin (holds it) of him. Sberne held it and was a free man. There is land for 7 ploughs. In the demesne are 2 ; and 4 villeins, with a priest and 4 bordars and 4 serfs, have 3 ploughs. There is a mill worth (rli) 10 shillings and 10 sticks of eels. There are 3 acres of meadow. T.R.E. as now, it was worth 4 pounds ; when (the bishop) received it, 4 pounds. IN FERNECUMBE HUNDRET The same bishop holds in BEOSHELLE [Beausale] 7 half a hide ; Wadard (holds it) of him, and Gerold under him. Eduin the sheriff held it, and was a free man. There is land for I plough. (There are) 7 villeins and 4 bordars with 3 ploughs. There are 4 acres of meadow and 2 furlongs of wood(land). It was worth 5 shillings ; now 2O shillings. The same bishop holds in ULWARE [? Little Wolford] 8 1 1 hides, a d Wadard (holds it) of him, and Gerold under him. Alvric held it and was a free man. There is land for i plough. (There are) 3 villeins with half a plough, and there are 6 acres of meadow. It was worth 10 shillings ; now 2O shillings. 6 Appearing afterward in Barlichway Hundred, but not in Pathlow Liberty, it was doubless in the Domesday Hundred of ' Fernecumbe.' 7 Formerly part of Hatton. 8 Probably this estate and the estate in ULWARDE recorded subsequently as held by Ralf under the Count of Meulan, were parts of one place, as each contained an odd half-hide, and each had been held by Alvric T.R.E. Little Wolford is now in Kineton Hundred. 303