Probably A.D. 1052. Writ of King Edward declaring that the monastery of St Edmunds is to possess Kirby Cane, Norfolk, with all the rights of the former owners. The land is illegally occupied by Semer. English


Bury St Edmunds


1. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 23r (s. xiii 2)
2. London, British Library, Add. 14847, f. 31r (s. xiii/xiv)


K, 878, ex MS 1

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 17 (p. 159), ex MS 1


Harmer, Writs, pp. 148-9, 440, authentic; Hart, ECEE, no. 139 and p. 90, authentic; Wormald 1988, no. 89

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    • Eadward kyng gret Aylmer bisscop 7 Aelfger erl 7 alle mine ˇeynes on Norfolke frendlike. And ic kithe ihu ˇat ic wille ˇat ˇat lond at Kirkeby 7 alle ˇinge ˇat ˇer to mid rithte bire∂ lige into ˇan halege minstre at Seynt Eadmund mid sake 7 mid socne so fol and so forth so it ani man firmest hauede. 7 mine moder it ˇider inne byquath. And ic bidde ihu alle ˇat ge deme me swilc dom of Semere ˇat haue∂ ˇider inne faren mid unlage swilk ge for Gode witen ˇat me mid rithte to bire∂.