A.D. 1052 x 1053. Writ of King Edward declaring that the estate at Moulsham, Essex, which Leofcild owned and bequeathed to Westminster Abbey, is now to belong to the abbey just as he granted it. English




1. London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. III, ff. 107v-108r (s. xiii)


K, 859; Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), i. 299 (no. 20); Neufeldt 1907, no. 14

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 84 (p. 350)


Harmer, Writs, pp. 299, 506-7, dubious, possibly based on an authentic writ; Hart, ECE, no. 65, authentic basis; Brooke and Keir 1975, p. 369, probably authentic; Harvey 1977, p. 343; Wormald 1995, p. 128 n., may have been tampered with.

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    • Edward king gret wel Willem biscop 7 Harold eorll 7 Rodberd stallere/ 7 alle mine ˇegnes on Estsexan freondlice. Icc kyˇe eow ˇæt ic wille ˇæt ˇaet cotlif Molesham ˇe Leofcild ahte 7 bequa∂ Crist 7 Sainte Petre into Westminstre ligge nu ˇider in to ˇare munece fodan ellswa he it geuˇe on wode 7 on felde on made 7 on watere 7 on allen ˇingen ˇæt ˇarto hear∂. 7 icc an ˇæt Sainte Petre habbe ˇaer ofer sake 7 socne, toll 7 theam 7 infangeneˇef 7 flimenesfirmth swa full 7 swa forth swa he firmest hauede on anigen stede ˇar he oˇer land hafe∂. And ic nelle nanun men geˇafian/ ˇæt geutyge any ˇare ˇinge ˇe ˇidere into/ gebire∂ o∂∂e ˇæt ˇar any man any onsting habbe on any ˇingen o∂∂e on any timen buton se abbod 7 ˇa gebroˇra to ˇas minstres nitwir∂elicre/ ˇearfe. God eow gehealde 7 alle ˇe ˇæt be holde into ˇare halagen stowe.