A.D. 1044 x 1051. Writ of King Edward declaring that the monks of Westminster Abbey are to have the land at Chalkhill, Middx., given by Thurstan, his housecarl. English




1. London, British Library, Cotton Charters vii. 6 (s. xii; BM Facs., iv. 34)
2. London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. III, ff. 108v-109r (s. xiii)
3. London, Westminster Abbey, W. A. Muniment Book 11, f. 114v (s. xiv)
4. London, British Library, Lansdowne 860, f. 304r (s. xvi; copy of lost seal, with few clauses of text)


Hickes, Inst. Gramm., pp. 158-9, ex MS 1, with Latin version; K, 843, ex MS 1, with Hickes's Latin version; Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), i. 299 (no. 23), ex MS 2; Neufeldt 1907, no. 17; Pierquin, Recueil, pt 6, no. 49, Latin version ex K

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 77 (p. 344), ex MS 1


Hickes, Inst. Gramm., pp. 158-9, describes a seal, now lost, attached by silken tie; PN Middx, p. 62; Harmer, Writs, pp. 308-9, 496-9, possibly an authentic writ, enlarged and embellished; Finberg 1972, p. 491 n. 4, doubtful; Brooke and Keir 1975, pp. 193-4, 369, 371; Gelling, ECTV, no. 240, citing Harmer, may be genuine with later additions; Nightingale 1987, p. 565; Lawson 1993, p. 163 n. 10

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    • Eadward kyngc gret Rodberd biscop 7 Osgod Clapa 7 Ulf scirgereuan 7 ealla mine ˇeigenes 7 mine holdan freond on Middelsexan freondlice. Ic kyˇe eow ˇæt ic wylle 7 ˇæt ic ann ˇæt Sancte Peter 7 ˇa gebroˇra on Westmynstre habben to heora bileouen ˇæt land æt Cealchylle 7 ealc ˇare ˇinga ˇe ˇær to mid rihte gebura∂ mid lande 7 mid loge, mid wude 7 mid felde, mid mæde 7 mid læse, mid mæste 7 mid æuesan 7 mid eallum ˇingum swa full 7 swa for∂ swa ˇurstan min huskarll hit furmest of me heold 7 into ˇære halgan stowwe geaf 7 ic ˇæs fullice geuˇe. And ic an heom eoft ealswa ˇæt hy habben ˇærofer saca 7 socna, toll 7 team, infangæneˇeof 7 flemenefyrm∂e 7 ealle o∂re gerihtu on eallum ˇingum ˇe ˇar upp aspringa∂. 7 æac swylce to ˇeosum lande mid fullan freodome ic ann ˇæt ˇridde treow 7 ˇæt ˇridde swiin of æuesan ˇæs nextan wudes ˇe li∂ to Kyngesbyrig se is gemæne swa he onn ældum timum gelegd wæs. 7 for ˇann ic nelle nateshwon geˇafian ˇæt æniman ætbrede o∂∂e geutige an æker landes of wude o∂∂e of felde ˇe he hæf ˇyder inn gegyfan o∂∂e ˇæt ˇær æniman ænine onstyngc habbe on æningum ˇingum o∂∂e on ænige timan buten se abbod 7 ˇa gebroˇra to ˇæs mynstres neode. And icc wille 7 fæstlice bebeode be fulre wite ˇæt ˇeos mundbyrdnesse beo strang 7 staˇelfæst inn to ˇære halgan stowwe a on ece erfe, Amen.