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

Wærhelm 4 Wærhelm ‘of Buckwell’ (Kent), fl. 1066

Male
Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name

Summary

          

Wærhelm 4 was a small landowner in east Kent whose single manor of ½ sulung was worth 20 shillings.

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

           

Profile

   

The name Wærhelm appears only once in DB, holding a small manor at Buckwell, in the North Downs 12 miles up the valley of the Great Stour from Canterbury. The riverine character of the estate is emphasized by its non-arable resources: a mill worth 40d., 10 acres of meadow, and an alder carr (alnetum), one of the handful recorded in DB; alder requires moving water to propagate its seeds and was used as a low-quality substitute when better wood was not available locally (Rackham 2010: 227, 289).

Bibliography

    

Rackham 2010: Oliver Rackham, Woodlands (London: Collins, 2010)

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