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

Aki 8 Aki ‘of Rushock’ (Worcs.), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name  


Aki 8 was a minor thegn in the wooded countryside of north Worcestershire and south Staffordshire. His two manors were assessed at 6 hides and worth £4.

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
Worcestershire 26,6 Rushock Achil Aki 'of Rushock' - Urse d'Abetot Hunulf 'of Rushock' 5.00 2.50 1.50 C Map
Warwickshire 12,9 Romsley, Staffs. Achi Aki 'of Rushock' - Roger, earl Walter 'the man of Earl Roger' 1.00 1.50 2.00 C Map
Total               6.00 4.00 3.50  



The two holdings near the Worcestershire-Staffordshire border attributed to the name Aki are probably too isolated for identification with any other Aki to be likely. An outside possibility is that Rushock, a substantial manor of 5 hides, belonged to the housecarl Aki the Dane (Aki 4). The grounds for the identification would be, first, that Rushock fell into the hands after 1066 of Urse d’Abitot, sheriff of Worcestershire, and a good number of Aki the Dane’s manors passed to other sheriffs, evidently following some principle of royal policy, and secondly that Rushock was not much more than 10 miles from Worcester, where Aki the Dane’s father Toki 7 can be shown to have owned property. But Toki probably left all his Worcestershire lands to the cathedral, leaving Aki with no manors within 60 miles of Rushock. And Urse got his hands on so many Worcestershire manors by one means or another that we cannot presume an orderly succession to a designated sheriff. Romsley, 10 miles north-west of the larger manor of Rushock, was mistakenly recorded under Warwickshire rather than its true Domesday county of Staffordshire.

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