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THE HOLDERS OF LANDS IN BOMELAU HUNDRET The same earl held SMITHAM [Smite]. 1 Harding held it T.R.E. and was a free man. There are 6 hides. There is land for 25 ploughs. In the demesne are 2 ploughs ; and (there are) 22 villeins and 23 bordars with 12 ploughs. There are 2 free men. (There is) wood (land) half a league long and as much in breadth ; and there are 50 acres of meadow. It was worth 40 shillings ; now 6 pounds. The same earl held in BRANCOTE [Bram- cote] 2 i hides. There is land for 3 ploughs. Salo held it, and was a free man. There is 1 villein. It was worth 5 shillings. The same earl held in WAURE [? Church Over] * 2$ hides. There is land for 3 1 Upper and Lower Smite were two villages almost forgotten in Dugdale's time, and forming part of the parish now known as Combe Fields. On Morden's map of Warwickshire (cir. 1695) a Snite Super and a Snite Infer are shown. On the Ordnance Survey maps (cir. 1831) a ' Smeeton Lane or Smiteton Lane ' is shown between Brink- low and Stretton under Fosse ; on the more re- cent maps this is not shown, but a Smite Brook is noted. B.W. 8 I have little doubt of this identification, for Salo was the Domesday tenant of the neighbouring Bulkington under the Count of Meulan. This Bramcote probably belonged to ' Bomelau Hun- dred.' 3 There are three 'Overs' in Warwickshire, Churchover, Brownsover and Cesters Over ; the last being now only a farm in Monks Kirby. These are represented in Domesday by the following : (i) Waure (in), i hides, held by Geoffrey de Wirce for the king as "above ; (2) Waura (in), half a hide held by Turchil ; (3) Wara (in), 7 hides held by Robert de Stafford in demesne ; (4) Gaura (in), 2 hides held by Geoffrey de Wirce and under him by Bruno ; (5) Wara (in), 5 hides held by Geof- frey de Wirce and under him by Robert (?de Statfbrd). Of these, 4 is obviously Brownsover, named from the under-tenant Bruno. Neglecting Dugdale's identifications, which seem little more than guesses, and taking no notice of Turchil's estate, I suggest that I, 2 and 3, making up a 10- hide place, were Churchover excluding Cesters Over, and that 5, being a j-hide place, was Cesters Over, which may have been considered as a separate place or as a part of Churchover. Judg- ing by the present acreage of Churchover (1,640 acres) and Brownsover (912 acres), the assessments of 15 and 5 hides seem severe. (3) is rubricated as in ' Bomelau ' Hundred : it therefore in my opinion follows that this ' Waure ' of Earl Aubrey is in that Hundred. [In addition to the above five entries we have (6) Wanre, (in), I hide, held of William Fitz An- sculf by William Fitz Mauger, which is entered under Northants (see p. 344). J.H.R.] ploughs. Alric held it, and he with his land was free. There are i villein and 2 bordars. It was worth 5 shillings ; now 4 pence more. IN HONESBERIE H0NDRET The same earl held in RODEWEI [Radway] 2 hides. There is land for 3 ploughs. Hard- ing held it, and he with it was free. There are 4 villeins and i bordar with i plough. There are 8 acres of meadow. It was and is worth 2O shillings. These lands of Earl Aubrey are in the king's hand. Geoffrey de Wirce has charge of them (eas custod[it]). XV. THE LAND OF COUNTESS GODEVA IN COLESHELLE [CoLESHILL] HuNDRET Countess Godeva held T.R.E. AILESPEDE [Alspath].* There are 4 hides. There is land for 8 ploughs. There are 8 villeins and I bordar with 2| ploughs. The wood (land) is (habei) leagues long and i league broad. T.R.E. it was worth 40 shillings, and after- wards and now 30 shillings. The same (ifsa) countess held in ADER- ESTONE [Atherstone juxta Merevale] 3 hides. There is land for 5 ploughs. There arc 1 1 villeins and 2 bordars and i serf with 4 ploughs. There are 6 acres of meadow. Wood(land) 2 leagues long and 2 leagues broad. It was worth 40 shillings ; now 60 shillings. The same countess held in ARDRESHILLE and HANSLEI [Hartshill and Ansley] 2 hides. There is land for 7 ploughs. There are 13 villeins with 5 ploughs. There are 6 acres of meadow. It was worth 4 pounds ; now IOO shillings. The same countess held CHINESBERIE [Kingsbury], There are 6 hides. There is land for 7 ploughs. In the demesne are 2 ploughs and i serf; and (there are) 33 villeins and 3 bordars with 2 priests, having 16 ploughs. There is a mill worth (de) 9 shillings and 4 pence, and 1 2 acres of meadow. Wood- (land) i league long and as much in breadth. T.R.E. it was worth 6 pounds, afterwards 7 pounds ; now 1 3 pounds of weighed money. IN BOMELAU HUNDRET The same countess held ANESTIE and FOCHESHELLE [Ansty and Foleshill]. There 4 Now Meriden. (There is an Alspath Hall in the parish of Meriden. B.W.) 309