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Leofgifu 11 Leofgifu ‘of Aspley’ (Bedfordshire), fl. 1066

Author: DWP
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  



Leofgifu 11 was commended to both King Edward (Edward 15) and Earl Waltheof (Waltheof 2) and held two estates in Bedfordshire TRE, of which the largest was Aspley Guise and was held as a manor; the two estates had a combined assessment of 12½ hides and a valuation of £13. Aspley Guise was held by Ascard d’Ivry from Hugh de Beauchamp in 1086 whereas Bletsoe was then held by Countess Judith (Judith 3), the widow of Earl Waltheof, perhaps with Osbern de Breuil as her subtenant.

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
Bedfordshire 53,8 Bletsoe Leueua Leofgifu 'of Aspley' Edward, king Judith, countess Osbern de Breuil 2.50 3.00 3.00 D Map
Bedfordshire 23,17 Aspley Guise Leueua Leofgifu 'of Aspley' Waltheof, earl Hugh de Beauchamp Acard d'Ivry 10.00 10.00 8.00 D Map
Total               12.50 13.00 11.00  


These are the only estates in Bedfordshire held by someone named Leofgifu, and those relatively nearby in adjacent counties can be accounted for elsewhere (see Leofgifu 8, 9 and 15). Although the fact that Leofgifu 11’s estates record different TRE commendations and different post-Conquest successors might usually provide good grounds for identifying their holders as different women, in this instance it is the connection between Earl Waltheof and his wife Countess Judith that favours the interpretation that both estates were held by the same person, Leofgifu 11, TRE.


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