Leofgifu 24 was one of several women named among 29 ‘free men’ who between them held 147½ acres in Claydon Hundred in south Suffolk.
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Leofgifu 'of Claydon'
Leofgifu 24 was one of several women named among 29 ‘free men’ who between them held 147½ acres, with a value of 40s 4d, in Claydon Hundred in south Suffolk; the DB entry also refers to the land of Whitton church, which need not imply that the men’s land was also at Whitton (although this has been adopted here for mapping purposes). The entry occurs in the section dealing with the ‘Lands of the Vavassors’, or ‘undertenants’ (Coss 1983) and states that these were men of the king’s that the sheriff held on his behalf, and that the king and the earl had the soke. Although the name Leofgifu was fairly common both TRE and TRW, Leofgifu 24’s holding was clearly very small and there seems no good reason to associate her with anyone else.
Coss 1983: P. R. Coss, ‘Literary and social terminology: the vavasour in England’, in T. H. Aston, P. R Coss, C. Dyer and J. Thirsk, eds., Social Relations and Ideas: Essays in Honour of R. H. Hilton (Cambridge, 1983), pp. 109-50,