A.D. 786 or 589 for ? 779 or 789 x 790. Offa, king of Mercia, to the monks of St Mary's church, Worcester; grant of one hide (mansa) at Broadwas, Worcs. Latin and English versions with English bounds




1. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 119-200, ff. 147v-148r (s. xi 2)


Hearne, Heming, pp. 328-9; K, 154 and vol. iii. 386; B, 233; Pierquin, Recueil, pt 1, no. 78; Hooke 1990, p. 87, bounds only

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Robertson, Charters, no. 2 (pp. 2-5), English only


Robinson 1919, pp. 11, 27, record of grant, not a charter; Grundy, Worcs., I, pp. 37-40, on bounds; Ker 1948, pp. 59, 67-8, untrustworthy; Robertson, Charters, pp. 260-1, dates to early 790; Finberg, ECWM, no. 232, a memorandum of donation in English with four signatures taken from the original charter, Latin version is a later translation with anachronistic reference to St Mary's, dates 789 or 790, cf. p. 180; Hooke 1980, p. 47, on boundary mark; Scharer 1982, pp. 271-2, agrees with Finberg, dates 779; Hooke 1985, pp. 19-20, 163, cited; Hooke 1990, pp. 87-90, on bounds, with map p. 88

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    • De Bradevvassan . Px Volutis curriculo temporum annis . dcc . lxxx . vi . anno dominicæ ac salutiferæ incarnationis . Offa rex Merciorum in . xxxii . anno regni sui concessit quandam ruris particulam . mansam scilicet unam . in villa quam ruricolæ Bradeuuesse appellant monachis sanctæ Mariæ Guigornensis æcclesiæ cum testium affirmatione et ex communicationum advocatione . Eo videlicet tenore juris et amplitudinis ; quo ipsemet habuit in tempore suæ dominationis. + Egomet vero . Offa . divinæ dispensationis gratia rex Merciorum hoc meum donum affirmando propriis manibus sanctæ crucis signaculum suppono . + Ego quoque Aldredus subregulus Wigornæ civitatis . hæc eadem confirmo . + Ego etiam Eadberht episcopus hæc eadem consigno . + Ego similiter Berhtun hæc eadem contestor . De eadem re. ˘a ∂a wæron agane fif hundred wintra 7 nigan 7 hundeahtatig wintra fram Cristes gebyrtide . Offa kyning on ˇam an and ˇrittigan geare his kynedomes geuˇe ane hide landes æt Bradewassan into ˇam mynstre on Wigrecestre ˇam broˇran to bryce a on ece swa full 7 swa for∂ swa he seolf hæfde. + Ic Offa ˇurh Cristes gyfe Myrcena kining ∂as mine geoue mid rode tacne gefæstnige. +. Ic Aldred Wigracestres undercin'in'g ˇas ylce geoue gefæstnige. + Ic Eadberht bisceop ˇas ylce ˇing gefæstnige. +. Ic Berhtun ∂is ylce gefæstnige. ˘is syndon ∂a landgemæra into Bradewassan of Temede streame in wynna bæce . of wynna bæce in wudumor . of wudumore in wætan sihtran . of ˇam wætan sice in ∂a bakas 7 of ˇam bacan in ∂a ealdan dic . of ∂ære ealdan dic in seges mere . 7 of seges mere in ˇæs pulles heafod 7 of ∂am heafde to ˇornbrycge . of ∂ornbryc[ge] in ˇone pull . 7 æfter ˇam pulle in baka brycge of baka brycge in ˇæt wæte sicc . 7 of ˇam sice in foxbæce 'of foxbæcæ' in ˇone wulfsea∂ . of ˇam sea∂e in ˇa ealdan stihle . 'of ˇære stihle' in dodhæma pull . of ˇam pulle eft in Temede stream.