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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

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name



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


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 5,164 Buckwell Werelm Wærhelm 'of Buckwell' Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Wadard 1.00 1.00 2.00 A Map
Total               1.00 1.00 2.00  



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).



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

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