An English translation of
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ROGER DE POITOU HELD THE UNDERMENTIONED LAND BETWEEN THE RIBBLE AND THE MERSEY IN WEST DERBY HUNDRED

THERE King EDWARD had 1 manor called WEST DERBY , with 6 Berewicks. There are 4 hides. There is land for 15 ploughs. There is a forest 2 leagues long and 1 broad and a hawk’s eyrie.

This manor of West Derby with these aforesaid hides rendered to King Edward 26l2s at farm. Of these, 3 hides were free, the rent of which he pardoned to the thegns (noblemen) who held them. These rendered 4l14 s8d.

All these thegns had by custom to render 2 orae of pennies for each carucate of land, and by custom they made the king’s houses and whatever belonged to them, like villans, and the fisheries and the enclosures in the woodland, and the deer hays; and the man who did not go to these works when he ought paid a fine of 2s , and afterwards came to the work and laboured until it was completed. Each one of them sent his reapers 1 day in August to cut the king’s crops. If not he paid a fine of 2s.

If any free man committed theft, or highway robbery, or housebreaking, or broke the king’s peace, he paid a fine of 40s.

If any committed bloodshed, or rape of a woman, or if he remained away from the shiremoot without reasonable excuse, he paid a fine of 10s. If he remained away from the hundred court or did not go to a plea when the reeve ordered, he paid a fine of 5s.

If the reeve ordered anyone to go upon his service and he did not go, he paid a fine of 4s.
If anyone wished to withdraw from the king’s land, he gave 40s. and went where he would.

If anyone wished to have the land of his deceased father, he paid a relief of 40s ; the king had both the land all the chattels of the deceased father of the man who would not pay the relief.


Uhtræd held Little Crosby and Kirkdale as 1 hide, and it was quit of every custom except these 6: breach of the peace, highway robbery, housebreaking, and fighting which continued after the oath was made, and non-payment of debt to anyone when bound by the reeve’s judgement, and non-observance of the due
date given by the reeve; for these he paid a fine of 40s. But he paid the king’s geld like the men of the country.

In Meols , and Halsall and Hurlston there were 3 hides quit of the geld on the carucates of land of the forfeiture of bloodshed and rape of a woman. But they rendered all other customary dues.

These men now hold land of this manor of WEST DERBY by the gift of Roger de Poitou:

Geoffrey 2 hides and half a carucate,
Roger 1 ½ hides, William 1 ½ hides,
Warin half a hide, Geoffrey 1 hide,
Theobald 1 ½ hides,
Robert 2 carucates of land,
Gilbert 1 carucate of land.

These have in demesne 4 ploughs, and 46 villans and 1 radman and 62 bordars and 2 slaves and 3 female slaves. Among them all they have 24 ploughs.

Their woodland [is] 3 ½ leagues long and 1 ½ leagues and 40 perches broad, and there are 3 eyries of hawks. The whole is worth 8l12s. In each hide are 6 carucates of land.

The demesne of this manor which Roger held is worth 8l. There are now in demesne 3 ploughs and 6 oxmen, and 1 radman and 7 villans.


Uhtræd held 6 manors, Roby, Knowsley, Kirby, Little Crosby, Maghull and Aughton.

There are 2 hides. There is woodland 2 leagues long and broad and 2 eyries of hawks.

Dot held Huyton and Tarbock. There is 1 hide quit of every customary due except geld. There is land for 4 ploughs. It was worth 20s.

Beornwulf held Toxteth. There is 1 virgate of land half a carucate of land. It rendered 4s.

Stenulf held Toxteth. There is 1 virgate of land half a carucate of land. It was worth 4s.

Five thegns held Sefton. There is 1 hide. It was worth 16s.

Uhtræd held Kirkdale. There is half a hide quit of every customary due except geld. It was worth 10s.

Wynstan held Walton . There are 2 carucates of land 3 bovates. It was worth 8s.

Almær held Litherland . There is half a hide. It was worth 8s.

There thegns held Ince Blundell as 3 manors. There is half a hide. It was worth 8s.
Aski held Thornton ]. There is half a hide. It was worth 8s.

Three thegns held RAVEN MEOLS as 3 manors. There is half a hide. It was worth 8s.

Uhtræd held Woolton. There are 2 carucates of land half a league of woodland. It was worth 64d.

Æthelmund held ‘SMITHDOWN’ . There is 1 carucate of land. It was worth 32d.

Three thegns held Allerton as 3 manors. There is half a hide. It was worth 8s.

Uhtræd held Speke. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 64d.

Four radmen held Childwall as 4 manors. There is half a hide. It was worth 8s. There was a priest having half a carucate of land in alms.

Wulfbert held “Woolton” . There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 64d.

Two thegns held Woolton as 2 manors. There is 1 carucate of land. It was worth 30d.

Lyfing held Wavertree. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 64d.
Four thegns held Bootle as 4 manors. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 64d. A priest had 1 carucate of land belonging to the Church of Walton .

Uhtræd held Aughton. There is 1 carucate of land. It was worth 32d.
Three thegns held Formby as 3 manors. There are 4 carucates of land. It was worth 10s.

Three thegns held Ainsdale. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 64d.
Stenulf held Up Holland. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth worth 64d.
Uhtræd held Dalton . There is 1 carucate of land. It was worth 32d.
The same Uhtræd SKELMERSDALE. There is 1 carucate of land.
It was worth 32d.

The same Uhtræd held ‘Litherland . There is 1 carucate of land. It was worth 32d.

Wigbeorht held ‘ARGARMELES’. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 8s. This land was quit except of geld.
Five thegns held Meols . There is half a hide. It was worth 10s.
Uhtræd held LATHOM with 1 Berewick. There is half a hide. There is woodland 1 league long and a half broad. It was worth 10s8d.

Uhtræd held Hurlston and half Martin . There is half a hide. It was worth 10s8d.

Godgifu held Melling . There are 2 carucates of land. There is woodland 1 league long and half a league broad. It was worth 10s.

Uhtræd held Lydiate. There are 6 bovates of land. There is woodland 1 league long and 2 furlongs broad. It was worth 64d.

Two thegns held 6 bovates of land as 2 manors in Downholland. It was worth 2s.
Uhtræd held Altcar. There is half a carucate of land.

Teos held Barton in Halsall. There is 1 carucate of land. It was worth 32d.
Ketil held Halsall. There are 2 carucates of land. It was worth 8s.

All this land paid geld, and 15 manors rendered nothing to King Edward except geld.