Blaca 2 was a man of St Albans abbey who held 1 hide worth 20s. of the abbey’s land in south Hertfordshire.
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Blaca, man of St Alban
Ecgfrith, abbot of St Albans
Paul, abbot of St Albans
Geoffrey de Bec
Blaca occurs only once in DB, as the name of a man of St Alban holding 1 hide without power of alienation at Aldenham in Hertfordshire. Aldenham was a large vill 5 miles south of St Albans, in a heavily wooded area on the boundary with Middlesex. Most of the vill, 9 out of 10 hides in 1066, belonged to Westminster abbey (Herts. 9:4), though the monks of St Albans had a long-standing claim to rights over the whole vill. Blaca’s hide was somewhere on the eastern side of Aldenham. The southern part of that area, east of Watling Street, was later part of the manor of Titburst and Kendals, while the northern part formed the manor of Newberries, both of which belonged to St Albans and drew in land which in DB was in the adjoining vill of Theobald Street, historically called Titburst (VCH Herts. II, 149–51, 154–6; PN Herts.: 61–2). St Albans had four separate holdings in Titburst in 1066, three of them held by unnamed sokemen (Herts. 5:2; 10:13; 33:1; 34:2). It is conceivable that Blaca was one of the sokemen of Titburst.
PN Herts.: J. E. B. Gover, Allen Mawer, and F. M. Stenton, The Place-Names of Hertfordshire, English Place-Name Society 15 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938)
VCH Herts. II: The Victoria History of the Counties of England: The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, ed. William Page, 4 vols and index (London, 1902–23)