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[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Esbern 3 Esbern Bigga, fl. 1066

Male
Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name  

Summary

Esbern of Chelsfield was named only in a subsidiary list of Kent sokeholders and was probably dead by 1066.

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Essex 47,3 Fordham Esbernus Esbern Bigga - Hugh de Gournai Geoffrey Talbot 2.00 7.00 7.00 B Map
Hampshire 69,6 Preston Candover Sberne Esbern Bigga Eadgyth, queen Cypping, king's thegn - 2.25 3.60 2.25 D Map
Hampshire 69,6 Preston Candover Sberne Esbern Bigga Eadgyth, queen Cypping, king's thegn Earnwulf 'of Preston Candover' 0.25 0.40 0.25 D Map
Kent D17 Esber Esbern Bigga - - - 0.00 0.00 0.00 A Map
Kent C5 Canterbury Sbern Esbern Bigga - William, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux 0.00 0.56 0.56 A Map
Kent 5,37 Keston Sberne Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Gilbert, bishop of Lisieux 1.00 3.00 2.00 A Map
Kent 5,42 Ditton Sbern Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Hamon the sheriff 2.00 8.00 8.00 B Map
Kent 5,57 Birling Sbern Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Ralph de Courbépine 12.00 12.00 12.00 A Map
Kent 5,86 Thurnham Sbern Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Ralph de Courbépine 6.00 10.00 12.00 A Map
Kent 5,87 Fairbourne Sbern Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Ralph de Courbépine 2.00 1.50 1.50 A Map
Kent 5,168 Pivington Sbern Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Ralph de Courbépine 2.00 8.00 6.00 A Map
Kent 9,16 Postling Sbern Esbern Bigga - Hugh de Montfort Roger de Candos 5.00 10.00 14.00 A Map
Surrey 5,22 Fetcham Biga Esbern Bigga Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Richard fitzGilbert 8.50 3.00 3.00 C Map
Surrey 18,1 Woking Esbern Bigga Edward, king Roger, earl - 1.00 1.00 0.75 D Map
Sussex 11,36 Compton Sbern Esbern Bigga Godwine, earl Roger, earl Geoffrey the sheriff 10.00 8.00 8.00 D Map
Warwickshire 4,2 Atherstone-on-Stour Sberne Esbern Bigga - Odo, bishop of Bayeux Corbin 4.00 4.00 4.00 E Map
Total               58.00 80.06 81.31  

Lord 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Lord 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Lord 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Kent 7,6 Garrington Sbern Eadric of Elham Esbern Bigga Scotland, abbot of St Augustine's Canterbury Ralph de Saint-Wandrille 1.47 4.00 4.00 A Map
Total               1.47 4.00 4.00  

Profile

Bibliography

Esbern 5 is named only in the section of the Kent folios which deal with the king’s laws in Kent, among a list of fifteen lay people who enjoyed sake and soke over their lands in the two western lathes of Sutton and Aylesford (Kent D:25). He appears there as Esbern of Chelfield (Esbern de Cillesfelle), but the only entry for Chelsfield gives its TRE holder as Toki (Tochi tenuit de rege E.) (Kent 5:23). The explanation may be that the list dates from some time earlier than 1066: most of those named were holders of estates in west Kent TRE but Esbern of Chelsfield was not alone in not being so named.

The distinct byname, and his probable death before 1066, make it clear that Esbern of Chelsfield was not identical with Esbern Bigga.

Chelsfield, on the North Downs, was a particularly valuable manor, valued at £16 TRE and £25 in 1086, when its tenant paid even more, £35, though it was assessed at only 2 sulungs.

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