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Alfketil 4 Alfketil ‘of Barmston’ (Yorks. ER), fl. 1066

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

  Discussion of the name


Alfketil 4 was one of four landowners who shared 8 carucates worth 60s. on the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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
Yorkshire 14E26 Barmston Alchil Alfketil 'of Barmston' - Drew de la Beuvrière - 2.00 0.75 0.00 A Map
Total               2.00 0.75 0.00  


The three occurrences of the name Alfketil in Yorkshire are widely separated by distances of between 40 and 60 miles and each occurs at an estate of no more than 3 carucates. In those circumstances it is unlikely though not impossible that their holders were identical with one another. All three manors were in areas where William I allotted land in territorial blocks, so that succession does not help. The decisive factor in identifying three distinct individuals is that the name was common enough in Yorkshire for two different Alfketils to be listed among the sureties of Archbishop Ælfric of York (PASE: Ælfric 105) c. 1050 (Stevenson 1912: 12–13; Cooper 1969).

Alfketil 4 was named last among the four holders of separate manors at Barmston, on the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire 8 miles south of Flamborough Head. Individual assessments are not provided, so the 8 carucates and 60s. value have been divided four ways to provide an estimate for his share of the vill.

The Alfketil who held land at Barmston has been identified as ‘probably’ the surety of Archbishop Ælfric named as Alfcetel without a byname (von Feilitzen 1937: 144 note 3; Fellows Jensen 1968: 8). That seems unlikely. The list of sureties pairs Alfcetel 7 Asmund, and there was no Asmund holding land at or near Barmston in 1066.


Cooper 1969: Janet Cooper, ‘The list of Ælfric’s festermen in the York Gospels’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, 42 (1969), 328–32

Stevenson 1912: W. H. Stevenson, ‘Yorkshire surveys and other eleventh-century documents in the York Gospels’, English Historical Review, 27 (1912), 1–25

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