A.D. 975 x 978 (? 977). Oswald, archbishop, to Wulfgar, priest; lease, for three lives, of 1 hide at Little Witley, Worcs., with reversion to the bishopric of Worcester. English with bounds




1. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 1-118, ff. 65v-66r (s. xi 1)
2. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 119-200, f. 159v (s. xi 2; bounds only)


Hearne, Heming, pp. 138-9, 352; K, 682; Hooke 1990, pp. 299-300, bounds only

Printed and Translated:

Robertson, Charters, no. 58 (pp. 120-1)


Grundy, Worcs., II, pp. 102-4, on bounds; Robertson, Charters, pp. 364-5, probably belongs to S 977; Finberg, ECWM, no. 310, authentic; HRH, p. 235, probably genuine; Sawyer 1975, p. 87, dates 977; Hooke 1980, p. 46, on topography; Hooke 1985, pp. 110, 148, cited; Hooke 1990, pp. 299-301, on bounds; Whybra 1990, p. 54; King 1996, p. 111; Breeze 2000c, on place-name

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    • Æt Witlea Wulfgare. PX Ic Osuuald ˇurh Godes giefe arcebisceop mid geˇafunge 7 leafe Eadwardes . Angulcyningæs 7 Ælfheres Mercna heretogan 7 ˇæs heorodes æt Wygerneceastre landes sumne dæl ˇæt is an hid æt Witlea sumum preoste ˇam is Wulfgar noma mid allum ˇingum ˇe ˇarto belimpa∂ freolice his dæge forgeaf 7 æfter his dæge twam yrfweardum 7 æfter hieora for∂siˇe to ˇære halgan stowe into Wiogornaceastre ˇæm biscope to bryce. Sit autem terra ista libera omni regi nisi ecclesiastici censi. Sancta Maria 7 Sanctus Michahel cum sancto Petro 7 allum 'Godes' halgum gemiltsien ˇis haldendum gief hwa buton gewrihtum hit abrecan wille hæbbe him wi∂ God gemæne on ˇam ytemestan dæge ˇisses lifes buton he ær to dædbote gecyrre. ˝is sindon ˇæs landes gemæra ˇe gebyria∂ into ˇære westmestan hide æt Witleage feldlondes 7 wudulandes swa hit todæled is of ∂rym gemæran westrihte on ˇa dic andlang dices on kyllan hrigc of kyllan hrigce on sylweg andlang weges on ˇa hæˇihtan leage 7 swa on ˇæt fule sloh of ˇæm slo ofer buttingc graf on eccles broc andlang broces on doferic. + Her is 'sio' hondseten Oswald arceb'. + Wynsige prb't + Wulfric prb't + Wulfheah prb't + Æˇelstan prb't + Ælfgar diac' + Godinc diac' + Leofstan diac' + Æˇelsige diac' + Wulfward diac' + Kyneˇeg clr + Leofwine clr + Wulfhun clr + Kynestan clr + Ælfsige prb't + Eadgar prb't + Wistan prb't + Eadward prb't + Brihstan clr + Eadwine clr + Wynstan clr + Ælfstan clr + Æˇelwold clr + Ælfno∂ clr + Ufic clr + Æˇeric clr