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

Tholf 3 Tholf ‘of Tillington’ (Staffs.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  


Tholf 3 was a small landowner in Staffordshire whose two estates of 3¼ hides were worth £1 12s.

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
Staffordshire 13,4 Hanford Toulf Tholf 'of Tillington' - Richard the forester Nigel 'of Stafford' 0.25 0.10 0.10 C Map
Staffordshire 11,1 Tillington Tol Tholf 'of Tillington' - Robert of Stafford - 3.00 1.50 1.50 C Map
Total               3.25 1.60 1.60  


Tillington and Hanford passed to different lords in 1086, but Richard the forester’s fief in north Staffordshire formed a geographical block convenient for his duties as forester, and Hanford may have been separated from Tillington and given to Richard simply for that reason. Tillington lies 2 miles north of Stafford in the relatively favoured country of mid Staffordshire. Hanford is 12 miles to the north in the upper Trent valley. The underwood (silva modica) recorded at Hanwood may have provided Tholf with a resource that was evidently absent from Tillington.

There is nothing to link this Staffordshire Tholf with any of the others elsewhere. In particular the estates assigned to the nearest, Tholf 4, some 50 miles away in north Derbyshire, were equally small and very unlikely to have belonged to the same person.

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