Writ of King Edward declaring that the estate of Lessness, Kent, which Ætsere owned and bequeathed to Westminster Abbey for the monks' food is now to belong to the abbey. English




1. London, Westminster Abbey, W. A. M. XI (s. xii; OS Facs., ii, Westminster 9)
2. London, British Library, Add. 4558, f. 138r (s. xviii)
3. London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. III, ff. 105v-106r (s. xiii)
4. London, Westminster Abbey, W. A. Muniment Book 11, f. 647r (s. xiv)


Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), i. 298 (no. 14); Birch 1874, pp. 142-3, ex MS 1; Neufeldt 1907, no. 8, ex MS 1

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 76 (p. 343), ex MS 1


Harmer, Writs, pp. 299-301, 495-6, probably a fabrication, very imperfect seal of reddish-white wax, attached upside-down sur simple queue, wrapping-tie; Bishop and Chaplais 1957, p. xxii n., forgery; Brooke and Keir 1975, p. 369, dubious; BA Facs., p. 11.

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    • Eadward kyng gret Ædsi arcebiscop 7 Godwine biscop on Rouancestre 7 Leofwine eorll on Kent 7 Esgar stallere 7 Rodbert Wimarche sunu stallere 7 ealle mine ˇeignas on Kent frendlice. Ic cy∂e eow ˇæt ic wille ˇæt ˇæt cotlif Leosne ˇe Ætsere ahte 7 becwæ∂ Criste 7 Sancte Petre into Westmynstre ligge nu ∂ider inn to ∂æra muneca fodan mid eallum ∂æra ∂ingum ˇe ˇær to hyre∂ on wude 7 on felde, on mæde 7 on wætere 7 on ealle o∂re ˇingum scotfreo 7 gafolfreo on scire 7 on hundrede swa ful 7 swa for∂ swa he hit Sancte Petre becwæ∂ 7 ic ∂es fullice geu∂e. 7 ic nelle nateshwon ge∂afian ˇæt ˇær ænig mann ænigne onstyng habbe on ænigum ˇingum o∂∂e on ænigum timan buton se abbot 7 ∂a gebro∂ra to ∂es mynstres nytwur∂licre ˇearfe. 7 ic ann ˇæt Sancte Peter habbe ofer ∂am saca 7 socna toll 7 team infangeneˇeof 7 ealle o∂re gerihte ˇe to me belimpa∂. God eow gehealde 7 Sancte Petres holde.