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The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
Including historical descriptions, maps and statistical analysis.

Domesday Book

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The Domesday Book is a great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror to assess the extent of the land and resources being owned in England at the time, and the extent of the taxes he could raise.

Royal commissioners were sent out around England to collect and record the information from thousands of settlements.

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Clophill

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Entry in Domesday Book for Clophill.

Translation

Nigel himself holds Clophill. It is assessed at 5 hides. There is land for 8 ploughs. In demesne [are] 3 hides, and there are 2 ploughs; and 5 villans have 6 ploughs. There are 5 bordars and 1 slaves, meadow for 4 ploughs, [and] woodland for 200 pigs and [rendering] 12d.

It is worth 60s; when received. 30s; TRE £8. 2 thegns, men of Earl Tosti, held this manor. Of these 5 hides Nigel himself claims 1 virgates which his predecessor held TRE. Nigel himself was seised of it after he came into [possession of] the honour, but Ralph Taillebois disseised him.

Cainhoe 1

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First entry in Domesday Book for Cainhoe.

"Nigel himself holds Cainhoe. It is assessed at 4 hides. There is land for 6 ploughs. There are 2 hides and 3 virgates in demesne, and 2 ploughs, and there can be 2 others. There 3 villans have 2 ploughs, and [there is] 1 mill rendering 6s, meadow for 8 ploughs, [and] woodland for 100 pigs and [rendering] 2s. There are 3 bordars and 5 slaves. It is worth 60s; when received, 30s; TRE 100s. Ælfric, a thegn of King Edward, held this manor and could give and sell it without his leave"

Cainhoe 2

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Second entry in Domesday Book for Cainhoe.

"In Cainhoe Turstin holds 1 hide of Azelina. There is land for 2 ploughs. In demesne [is] 1 [plough]; and 1 villans has another. There are 3 bordars, and meadow for 1 plough, and woodland for 100 pigs. It is worth 20s; when received, 10s; TRE 20s. Wulfric, a sokeman of King Edward, held this land and could give and sell it to whom he wished."