A.D. 1045 x 1049. Writ of King Edward declaring that he has given to Westminster Abbey the land at Aldenham, Herts., as fully and completely as Earl Sihtric held it of the monastery and committed it to Abbot Ælfric and the community, and as Abbot Ordbriht held it for the monastery in the days of King Offa and King Cenwulf, and as King Edgar in his charter confirmed it to the abbey. English




1. London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. III, f. 106r-v (s. xiii)
2. London, Westminster Abbey, W. A. Muniment Book 11, ff. 185v-186r (s. xiv)


K, 827, ex MS 1; Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), i. 298 (no. 15), ex MS 1; Neufeldt 1907, no. 9, ex MS 1

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 78 (p. 345), ex MS 2


Harmer, Writs, pp. 313-15, 499-501, probably forged in connection with a dispute which arose soon after the Conquest; Brooke and Keir 1975, p. 369, dubious; Gelling, ECTV, no. 181, spurious; Keynes 1994a, p. 65, on Earl Sihtric; Pelteret 1995, pp. 313-14, on meaning of thiowlice

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    • Eadward cingc gret Eadno∂ biscop 7 Beorn eorl 7 alle mine ˇeignas on Hertfordscire freondlice. 7 ic cy∂e eow ˇæt ic habbe gegiuen Criste 7 Sancte Peter into Westmunstre ˇæt land æt Ældenham mid saca 7 mid socna, mid tolle 7 mid teame 7 infangeneˇeofe swa full 7 swa for∂ swa Sihtric eorl of ˇan munstre ˇiowlice hit hyold 7 ætforen gewitnesse mid halra tunge Ælfrice ˇam abbot 7 ˇam gebro∂ran up betæhte 7 swa swa hit stod Ordbrihte abbot on hande into ˇam minstre beo Offie 7 be Cenwulfes cinges dagum 7 swa swa Ædgar cinge on his gewrite ˇider in hit gefestnode. 7 ic nella nateswan geˇafian ˇæt ˇar ænig mann ænine onstynge ˇær ofer habbe on ænige ˇingan o∂∂er on ænige timan buton se abbot 7 ˇa munecas to Sancte Petres neode. God eow gehealde, Sancte Petres holde.