A.D. 984 x 1001. Writ of King Æthelred declaring that the land at Chilcomb, Hants., is now to be assessed for the discharge of all the obligations upon it at 1 hide, as had been established by his ancestors. English


Winchester, Old Minster


1. London, British Library, Add. 15350, f. 6r (s. xii med.)


K, 642; Harmer, Writs, no. 107

Printed and Translated:

Rumble 2002, no. XXX


Harmer, Writs, pp. 373-80, 523-4, authenticity doubtful; Barraclough 1954, pp. 197 and n. 23, 203, probably spurious; Finberg, ECW, no. 141 and pp. 230-2, authentic; John 1965, pp. 425-6; Chaplais 1966a, p. 171, probably forged in second quarter of 11th century (= 1973, pp. 55-6); Hart 1970a, p. 24 (no. 1), authentic; Keynes 1980, p. 143 n. 209, dubious; Wormald 1988a, p. 39 n. 106; Rumble 2002, no. XXX, may be authentic, drawing on earlier document; Sharpe 2003, p. 251, on address

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    • Æˇelred cynig gret Ælfric ealdorman 7 Wulmær. 7 Æˇelweard 7 ealle ˇa ˇegenas on Hamtunscire. frunlice. 7 ic cyˇe ˇe 7 eow eallum ˇæt Ælfheah biscop sende to me ˇæs landes boc æt Ciltancumbe. 7 ic hi let redan ætforan me. ˝a licode me swy∂e wel seo gesetnesse. 7 seo ælmesse ˇe minne yldran on angunne cristendomes into ˇere halgan stowe gesetten. 7 se wisa cing Ælfred sy∂∂an geedniwode on ˇære bec ˇe man ætfor∂ me rædde. Nu wille ic ˇæt hit man on eallum ˇingon for ane hide werige swa swa mine yldran hit ær gesetten. 7 gefreodan. sy ˇer mare landes sy ˇer lesse.