A.D. 743 for 737 x 740 (Bearuwe). Æthelbald, king of Mercia, to Osred, his faithful minister; grant of 20 hides (cassati) at Aston Blank and Notgrove, Gloucs., with note that the land was later granted to St Mary's, Worcester. Latin with English bounds




1. Lost original
2. London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius A. XIII, ff. 1-118, ff. 26v-27r (s. xi 1)


Hearne, Heming, pp. 56-7; K, 90; B, 165; Earle, pp. 40-1


Wanley, Catalogus, p. 30, on MS 1; HS, p. 339, doubtful; Turner 1916, p. xxxiii, citing Stevenson, authentic; Robinson 1919, pp. 11, 22, some interpolation; Grundy, Gloucs., pp. 177-81, on bounds; PN Gloucs., i. 176, 183, 184, 196, 200, 201; Finberg, ECWM, no. 23, authentic, scribe may have conflated two documents; Scharer 1982, pp. 169-72, not genuine in present form, but authentic basis; Hooke 1985, pp. 99, 128, 161; Wormald 1985, p. 25, unreliable later copy possibly genuine elements; Sims-Williams 1990, pp. 36, 148, 169 n. 119, discusses beneficiary; corrupt, perhaps interpolated; Whybra 1990, pp. 18, 36

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    • [E]astvn . 7 Na[t]an graf. + Sit nomen domini benedictum in secula . Ego Æˇelbaldus Deo dispensante rex Mercensium terram . xx . cassatorum . id est . x . et . viii . in loco quem dicunt æt Eastune et ad Natangrafum . ministro meo valde fideli qui est de stirpe non ignobili prosapia regali gentis Huicciorum Osredo in possessionem juris æcclesiastici pro redemptione animæ meæ largiens concedo quatinus eo vivente possideat et regat . et post se cuicumque voluerit hominum possidendum liberum arbitrium habens derelinquat . et ut abomni tributo vectigalium operum onerumque sæcularium sit libera in perpetuum . pro mercede æternæ retributionis regali potestate decernens statuo tantum ut Deo omnipotenti ex eodem agello æcclesiasticæ servitutis famulatum inpendat . Hæc autem testamenti traditio perpetualiter postea tradita est sanctæ Mariæ Uueogernensis monasterii pro ipsius regis salute . + Ego Æ∂elbald rex Mercensium hanc donationem meam subscribo . + Ego Uuilfri∂us episcopus . Ego Huita episcopus . Ego Torhthelm episcopus . + Ego Cu∂berht episcopus . Ego Alhuig episcopus Ego Sigebed episcopus . ˝is synd ˇa land gemæru æt Eastune ˇe Æˇelbald cyning Myrcna gebocade Utele bisceope into sancte Marian . Ærest of Turcanwyllas heafde andlang stræte on Cynelmesstan on Mylenweg ˇonne andlang hrycges on Heortford ˇanen andlang streames on Buruhford on foron ˇa spelstowe ˇonan on Turcandene on Seofenwyllas middeweardan of ˇam wyllan to Balesbeorge su∂an ˇonne on Cealcweallas ˇonan eft on Turcandene andlang eft on Turcanwyllas heafod . ˝is wæs gedon ˇy geare ˇe wæs agæn from Cristes flæscnesse . dccxliii . on ˇam cynehame ˇe is ge cyged Bearuwe .