Anschil de Ware

MANOR
In the time of Edward the Confessor there were two manors in Sacombe. The
larger, held by Ælmer of Benington, was assessed at 4 hides. Besides the
manor there were 1 hide and 1 virgate held by four of Ælmer’s sokemen, and 5
virgates held by a certain woman under Anschil of Ware, one of which was
mortgaged to Ælmer.

The other manor, consisting of 1 hide 3 virgates, was held by Lewin, a thegn
of King Harold. Both these manors were granted by William the Conqueror to
Peter de Valognes, who held them as one manor assessed at 8¾ hides, (fn. 3)
the assessment having seemingly increased half a hide. Half a virgate held
by Aluric Blac of Stigand, and in 1086 by Anschil of Stigand’s successor,
(fn. 4) and another half-virgate held in 1086 and before by a sokeman of the
king (fn. 5) were probably absorbed in the manor of Sacombe. MANORS
At the time of the Domesday Survey WARE was a large and important manor
rated at 24 hides and valued at £45, whilst under King Edward it had been
worth the exceptionally large sum of £50. (fn. 95) Before the Conquest it
had been held by Anschil of Ware, and was evidently his seat. (fn. 96) In
1086 it was held by Hugh de Grentmesnil, who probably acquired it in
exchange for land in Bedfordshire of Ralph Taillebois, (fn. 97) who
elsewhere appears as the grantee of Anschil’s lands. (fn. 98) At the time of
the Survey there was land for thirtyeight ploughs, meadow sufficient for twenty ploughteams, woodland to feed 400 swine, two mills worth 24s. and 375 eels, an inclosure for beasts of the chase and 4 arpents of vineyard newly planted. (fn. 99) The last two appurtenances of the estate point to a
residence there of Hugh de Grentmesnil.

Wendell


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