A.D. 1047 x 1065. Writ of King Edward declaring that he intends to have legal possession of the land at Ickworth, Suffolk (which he possesses for Westminster Abbey), and that it is to be transferred to him as soon as the present writ is read. English




1. London, British Library, Sloane Charter xxxvi. 1 (s. xii; BM Facs., iv. 35, with erroneous reference to Cotton Ch. xxiv.1)
2. London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. III, f. 109r (s. xiii)
3. London, Westminster Abbey, W. A. Muniment Book 11, f. 648r (s. xiv)


K, 873, ex MS 2; Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), i. 299 (no. 24), ex MS 2; Birch 1874, p. 140, inaccurately ex MS 1; Neufeldt 1907, no. 18, ex MS 2

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 80 (p. 347), ex MS 1


Harmer, Writs, pp. 316-18, 504-5, a forgery based on a probably authentic writ of the Confessor, manipulated so as to support the claim of Westminster Abbey to the estate; Bishop and Chaplais 1957, p. xxii n. 1, forged; Chaplais 1962, on Westminster forger (= 1981, XVIII); Hart, ECEE, no. 113A, spurious; Brooke and Keir 1975, p. 369, forgery; BA Facs., p. 11

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    • Eadward kyng gret Ægelmær biscop 7 Harold eorl 7 Gyr∂ eorl 7 Leofstan abbot 7 ealle mine ˇeignas in to Su∂folce freondlice/. 7 ic cy∂e eow ˇæt ic wille beon ˇæs landes wur∂e æt Iccawur∂e swa full 7 swa for∂ swa gewitnesse hæf∂ to geboran ˇæt Crist 7 Sancte Peter. 7 ic hit mid rihte agan into ˇære haligan stowwe æt Westmunstre. 7 ic wille ˇæt man hit geride me to handa swa hra∂e swa ˇis gewrit her nu gerædd beo ˇæt nan o∂er ne sy. 7 sy∂∂an gif ˇær hwa on specan wille ic wille swa andswarian fore swa swa mannan ˇinc∂ ˇæt riht lage sy. God eow ealle gehealde, Sancte Petres holde.