A.D. 974. Oswald, archbishop, to Brihtlaf, his minister; lease, for three lives, of 1 hide (mansa) at Cudley in St Martin's-without-Worcester, with reversion to the church of Worcester. Latin with English bounds




1. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 1-118, ff. 73v-74r (s. xi 1)
2. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 119-200, f. 162v (s. xi 2; bounds only)


Hearne, Heming, pp. 155, 358; K, 586; B, 1298; Pierquin, Recueil, pt 4, no. 26; Hooke 1990, p. 290, bounds only


Robinson 1919, pp. 20, 34-7, not original form; Grundy, Worcs., II, pp. 114-16, on bounds; Atkins 1940, p. 11, not original form; John 1966, pp. 261-2, slightly adapted by cartularist; Finberg, ECWM, no. 304, authentic; Finberg 1972, pp. 488, 495-6; HRH, p. 231, doubtful, no subscriptions but early copy; Sawyer 1975, pp. 92, 228 n. 30, suspect; John 1977, p. 193, perhaps genuine but tampered with; Hooke 1985, pp. 41, 45, on topography; Hooke 1985, pp. 140, 196, 237, 241; Hooke 1990, pp. 290-3, on bounds; Whybra 1990, p. 54; Costen 1991, p. 41, possible reference to open-field agriculture in bounds; Barrow 1992, pp. 56, 71-2, suspect witness clause, probably interpolated; Barrow 1996, pp. 88-9, 97-8

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    • [C]uddingclea . [Bri]htlafe . 7 Byrht[mære] . 7 Byrhtwine . Px Ego Osualdus archi episcopus . Ergo Christi crismate præsul judicatus dominicæ incarnationis anno . dcccc lxx iiii . annuente rege Anglorum . Eadgaro . nec non et familiae Wiogernensis ecclesiae quandam ruris particulam unam videlicet mansam in loco qui celebri a soliculis nuncupatur . æt Cudinclea vocabulo cuidam ministro meo nomine . Brihtlaf . perpetua largitus sum hereditate et post vitæ suæ terminum duobus tantum heredibus immunem derelinquat quibus defunctis ecclesiae Dei in Wiogurna ceastre restituatur . ˝is syndon ˇære are hide land gemæru to cudinclea ˇæt is ˇonne ærest on lytlan mædwe ˇonne ond long ˇære hege wære on cuggan hyl of cuggan hylle on wytles leage ˇonone ofer ˇa stræte on cynelde weorˇe of cynelde weor∂e swa on ˇære lytlan mædwe swa on swines heafde 7 ˇær wi∂utan . xii . æcras swa æfter ˇære stræte be ˇære wællan on sunder lond of ˇon on omer lond ˇæt a be wudu ˇæt cym∂ eft to lytlan mædwe 7 to ˇrym gemærum . 7 . xxx . æcra on ˇæm twæm feldan dal landes wi∂utan . ˝is wæs gedon on Wynsiges gewitnesse decanus 7 alra ˇara munuca æt Wiogurna ceastre . Brihtlaf wæs se forma man 7 nu hit stant his sunan on handan Byrhtwine 7 Byrhtmære .