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

Æthelræd 72 Æthelræd ‘of Stelling’ (Kent)

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Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

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Summary

          

Æthelræd 72 was a relatively small landowner in east Kent, whose two manors were assessed at only ¾ sulung but worth £6.

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
Kent 5,121 Stelling Alret Æthelræd 'of Stelling' Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Ranulph de Colombières 0.50 3.00 2.00 B Map
Kent 5,170 Shalmsford Alret Æthelræd 'of Stelling' Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Herfrid 'of Gatton' 1.00 3.00 3.00 B Map
Total               1.50 6.00 5.00  

Profile

   

Two small manors a few miles outside Canterbury probably belonged to the same Æthelræd simply on grounds of proximity. Shalmsford was on the Great Stour 4 miles upstream from the city and Stelling 5 miles away on the high land rising into the North Downs. There were no other holdings in either place. The two manors included arable for only 2½ ploughs, but common sheep pasture on the Downs in Stelling may well have been important. Each place was worth 60s. in 1066. The small scale of the two manors recommends the idea that their owner was not the important west Kent thegn Æthelræd of Yalding (Æthelræd 71) whose estates lay some 25 miles away, though it is not inconceivable that a powerful thegn from the west of the county had somehow acquired smaller estates near Canterbury.

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