Monkton Farleigh in Domesday Book

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There are two entries for property in Monkton Farleigh in Domesday Book:

Brictric holds Farlege  [Monkton Farleigh]. His brother holds it from him.TRE [Tempus Regis Edwardi -in the time of Edward the Confessor] it paid for 5 hides. 4 carucates [ploughlands], 1 carucate in demesne [i the lord’s hands], 4 serfs. 5 villeins and 3 borderers with 3 carucates. Pasture 20 acres, wood 3 acres. Valued at 70 shillings.

Ælfric [of Melksham] holds Farlege. Brictmer held it TRE , it paid for 5 hides. 4 carucates, 1 in demesne, 4 serfs. 5 villeins and 3 borderers with 3 carucates. Pasture 20 acres, wood 3 acres. Valued at 70 shillings.

The assessment for the two entries are suspiciously similar.

Brictric was an Englishman who had extensive scattered holdings, including Trowbridge. He fell from favour, possibly from remarks he made about Queen Matilda before the Conquest. His property all passed to Humphrey de Bohun and continued in his family for some time.

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