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[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Æthelwulf 52 Æthelwulf ‘of Exford’ (Som.)

Author: CPL
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

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Æthelwulf 52 was a small landowner on Exmoor in west Somerset with a single manor of 2 ploughlands assessed at ½ virgate. DB does not give its value in 1066.

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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
Somerset 21,58 Exford Aiulfus Æthelwulf 'of Exford' - Roger de Courseulles - 0.13 0.00 0.15 A Map
Total               0.13 0.00 0.15  



Exford, an area of upland along the river Exe near the heart of Exmoor, was divided into five manors TRE, Æthelwulf’s being the largest. Even so, it had arable for only two ploughs and was assessed at only ½ virgate. When its Norman holder Roger de Courseulles arrived it was ‘completely waste’ (Exon). The other holdings at Exford also had tiny values in 1086, testimony to the precarious living of Exmoor farmers. Exford is 30 miles from Æthelwulf 51’s manors in Devon and very unlikely to have belonged to him.

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