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[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Barn 3 ‘of Westerfield’ (Suffolk), fl. 1066

Author: DWP
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name



Barn 3 was a free man with a small manor in south-east Suffolk TRE assessed at 1 carucate and with a value of 10s; he was commended to Ralph the staller (Ralph 2).

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
Suffolk 3,61 Westerfield Bar Barn 'of Westerfield' Ralph the staller Alan, count Norman 'of Westerfield 1.00 0.50 1.00 E Map
Total               1.00 0.50 1.00  



Barn 3’s estate was one of several small TRE holdings at Westerfield, on a hill about 2 miles to the north-east of Ipswich in south-east Suffolk, but was the only one to be described as a manor in DB.  He was a free man and commended to Ralph the staller (Ralph 2).

Barn 3’s small manor was only 3¼ miles to the west of the tiny TRE manor of Beorn 16, and it is conceivable that the DB form Bar for Barn’s name could represent a misspelled form of Beorn 16’s name (spelt Beor’ and Beorn’ in DB and Bern in IE).  Against this possibility, however, are that the men had different TRE lords and different post-Conquest successors and that the name Beorn, although unusual, was not rare.  Despite the proximity of the two estates, therefore, the balance of the evidence is just in favour of regarding Barn 3 and Beorn 16 as different men.


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