Birmingham in the Domesday Book

Birmingham appears in the Domesday Book among the lands belonging to William Fitz Ansculf, a major local landholder based at Dudley Castle. William was a Norman, but had settled in England before the conquest. As this page also shows, there were still pockets of continued Saxon landholding in the area around Birmingham, notably under Godmund of Aston and Stannechetel of Witton. In the extract reproduced here, it is stated that a man named Richard holds the land from William Fitz Ansculf, who in turn holds it from the king. Wulfwin, the lord of the manor under Edward the Confessor, had held the land in his own right.
Catalogue reference: E 31/2/2, f. 243r (1086)

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