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Norton-Sub-Hamdon in the County of Somerset; Notes on the Parish and the Manor and on Ham Hill (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 30 ene 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. The Manor. THE records of the manor are not so complete as could be wished. They begin, as a matter of course, with the great survey of William the Norman, which states that " the church of St. Mary of Grestein holds of the earl, Nortone. A Thane held it in the time of king Edward, and gelded for five hides. The arable is five carucates: thereof in demesne are two hides, and there is one carucate, and five servants, and eight villanes, and six cottagers with three ploughs. There are two mills of twenty shillings rent, and twenty-five acres of meadow. Wood two furlongs long and one furlong broad. It was and is worth one hundred shillings."1 Although this extract from the Domesday Book is not very long, it is full of significance. It tells us that a Saxon Thane held the manor in the time of Edward the Confessor, and paid the Dane-geld for five hides. This geld was a tax of one shilling per hide of land, paid by the Saxon landowners or lords of manors to the Danes, who had invaded the country without much difficulty through the disunion of the English princes. Shire would not help shire, so the tax was originally paid to buy the protection of the invaders, or in making preparations against their inroads, until Alfred released his people from their oppression; but this odious impost was arbitrarily kept on, for various excuses, till the time of Henry II in 1189, although it was contrary to the laws of the Conqueror. This geld, levied by the Witan of all England, was the first national land tax, and the assessment for it remained the basis of English finance till the beginning of the eighteenth century. The five hides were equal to about six hundred statute acres, which is a little more than the present area of the parish. The hide varied from one ...

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