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Domesday Book for Warwick

In the Borough of Warwick

The king has 113 houses in his lordship, and the king's barons have 112, from all of which the king has his tax.

The Bishop of Worcester has 9 dwellings; the Bishop of Chester 7; the Abbot of Coventry 36; and 4 are waste, because of the cattle site. The Bishop of Coutances has 1 house; the Count of Meulan 12 dwellings. Earl Aubery had 4, which belong to the land he held; Hugh of Grandmesnil 4, and the monks of Pillerton have 1 from him. Henry of Ferrers has 2, Harold 2, Robert of Stafford 6, Roger of Ivry 2, Richard Hunter 1, Ralph of Limesy 9, the Abbot of Malmesbury 1, William Bonvallet 1, William son of Corbucion 2, Geoffrey de Mandeville 1, Geoffrey of La Guerche 1, Gilbert of Ghent 2, Gilbert of Bouille 1, Nicholas the Gunner 1, Stephen the Steersman 1, Thorkell 4, Harold 2, Osbern son of Richard 1, Christiana 1, the nun Leofeva 2.

These dwellings belong to the lands which these barons hold outside the Borough and are there assessed.

Besides the said dwellings, there are 19 burgesses1 in this Borough who have 19 dwellings, with full jurisdiction and all customary dues, and had them thus before 1066.

Before 1066 the Sheriffdom of Warwick, with the Borough and with the royal manors, paid £65 and 36 sesters of honey, or £24 8s for all that belonged to the honey. Now the revenue of the royal manors and the pleas of the county [judicial revenue] between them pay £145 a year by weight, £23 for dog custom, 20s for a packhorse, £10 for a hawk and 100s for gifts to the Queen.

Besides this, it pays 24 sesters of honey, with the larger measure, and from the Borough 6 sesters of honey, that is, a sester at 15 pence. Of these, the Count of Meulan has 6 sesters and 5s. (Translated from Latin.)

 

1burgesses: Elected borough officials of incorporated towns.

 
 
 
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