A.D. 1051 x 1066. Writ of King Edward declaring to the authorities of London that he has granted to St Peter of Westminster full freedom upon all the lands belonging to the abbey with judicial and financial rights as fully and completely as he himself possessed them. English




1. London, British Library, Cotton Faustina A. III, ff. 110v-111r (s. xiii)
2. London, Westminster Abbey, W. A. Muniment Book 11, f. 96r (s. xiv)


K, 861, ex MS 1; Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), i. 300 (no. 29), ex MS 1; Neufeldt 1907, no. 23, ex MS 1

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Harmer, Writs, no. 105 (p. 370), ex MS 2


Harmer, Writs, pp. 332-4, 523, very dubious but probably contains authentic material; Brooke and Keir 1975, p. 372, on port-reeve; Gelling, ECTV, no. 254, spurious

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    • Edward king gret Willem biscop 7 Leofstan 7 Alfsi porterefen 7 ealle mine burgˇeygnes on Londone freondlice. 7 ic ky∂e eow ˇæt ic habbe geunnen Sancte Petre ˇam halegen apostle in to Westmunstre fulne fridom ofer ealle ˇa land ˇe lagon in to ˇene halgan stowe gefe se ˇe hi gefe 7 ˇar mide saca 7 socna, toll 7 team 7 infangeneˇeof flymene fyrm∂e 7 gry∂brice 7 hamsocne 7 foresteall 7 miskenninge 7 sceawinge 7 alle oˇere richte inne tid 7 ut of/ tid, binnan burch 7 buten burch, on strete 7 of strete swa full 7 swa for∂ swa hi me sulfen formest an honden stodon. 7 gif eni man wille ˇa halegan stowe heonen for∂ mid lande 7 mid loge godian icc ann ealswa ˇæt hit/ sig staˇelfast. 7 ic nelle geˇafian ˇæt enig/ mann habbe enigne onsting ofer his land ne ofer his menn ne be strandde ne be lannde buton se abbot 7 ˇa gebro∂era/ to ˇas munstres neode. 7 se ˇe ˇeas munstres fridom 7 ˇas halges wur∂scipe ofer ˇis geeacnie geeacnie God his lif on ˇissere worlde 7 ˇonne he heonon faren scule God him selle ece myrh∂e on heofnanrice. 7 se ˇe ˇes hallges wr∂scipe 7 ˇes munstres fridom 7 ˇene bro∂ru note gewani/ God 7 Godes moder gewani/ his dawes her on werlde 7 ˇanne he heonen faren scule se is woniinge on helle grunde buton he hit ˇe sti∂liker/ with God gebete, Amen.