A.D. 975 x 978 (? 977). Oswald, archbishop, to Wulfheah, priest; lease, for three lives, of a yardland at Genenofre, with reversion to the bishopric of Worcester. English with bounds




1. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 1-118, f. 67r-v (s. xi 1)


Hearne, Heming, pp. 141-2; K, 681; Hooke 1990, pp. 297-8, bounds only

Printed and Translated:

Robertson, Charters, no. 57 (pp. 118-19)


Grundy, Worcs., II, pp. 118-20, on bounds, land lay near Battenhall in St Peters-without-Worcester; Robertson, Charters, pp. 363-4, probably 977; John 1966, p. 246; Finberg, ECWM, no. 309, authentic; HRH, p. 235, probably genuine; Sawyer 1975, p. 87, dates 977; Hooke 1980, pp. 41, 45, on topography; Hooke 1985, pp. 166, 168, 237, on appurtenant woodland, on topography; Hooke 1989a, p. 121, on woodland; Hooke 1990, pp. 297-9, on bounds, associates Genenofre with Green Hill near Worcester; Whybra 1990, p. 54; King 1996, p. 112

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    • Px Ic Osuuald ˇurh Godes giefe arcebisceop mid geˇafunge Eadwardes Angulcyninges . 7 Ælfheres Mercna heretogan 7 ˇæs heorodes æt Wygernaceastre landes sumne dæl ˇæt is an gyrd æt Genenofre mon cwe∂ sumum preoste ˇam is Wulfheah noma mid allum ˇingum ˇe ˇærto belimpa∂ freolice his dæge forgeaf 7 æfter his dæg twam yrfweardum 7 æfter heora for∂si∂e to ˇære halgan stowe into Wiogerneceastre ˇæm biscope to bryce. Eac we writa∂ him ˇone graf ˇærto. ˝is syndon ˇæ gemæru ˇe to ˇæm grafe gebyriaˇ . Ærest of ˇam clife in nor∂wearden stodleage ˇæt swa eastriht in ˇone æcergeard ondlong geardes ˇæt in lipperdes gemære ondlong gemæres ˇæt in steorfanhalh ondlong ofre ˇæt in ˇone croft of ˇæm crofte neoˇewearde eft up in ˇone holan weg of ˇæm wege in Wulfgares gemære ondlong gemæres ˇæt eft on ˇæt clif besuˇan ˇæm su∂mestan holan wege. 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 butan gewrihtum hit abrecan wylle hæbbe him wi∂ God gemæne on ˇam ytemestan dæge ˇisses lifes buton he ær to dædbote gecyrre. ˝is is seo hondseten. + Osuuold arcebisceop. + Ego Wynsige prb't + Ego Wulfric prb't + Ego Æˇelstan prb't + Ego Ælfsige prb't + Ego Eadgar prb't + Ego Wistan prb't + Ego Eadward prb't + Ego Ælfgar diac' + Ego Godingc diac' + Ego Leofstan diac' + Ego Æˇelsige diac' + Ego Wulfweard diac' + Ego Kyneˇegn cl' + Ego Leofwine cl' + Ego Wulfgar cl' + Ego Wulfhun cl' + Ego Kynestan cl' + Ego Brihstan cl' + Ego Eadwine cl' + Ego Wynstan cl' + Ego Ælfstan cl' + Ego Æˇelwold cl' + Ego Ælfno∂ cl' + Ego Æˇeric cl' + Ego Ufic cl'