S 565

A.D. 955. King Eadred to Ælfsige, bishop of Winchester; grant, for four lives, of 10 hides (mansiunculae) at Highclere, Hants., with reversion to St Peter's (Old Minster), Winchester. Latin with English bounds.

Archive: Winchester, Old Minster

MSS: BL Add. 15350, 31v-32r (s. xii)

Printed: K 1170, B 905.

Comments: Crawford 1922, p. 76; Grundy, Hants. 1926, pp. 133-5, on bounds; Barker 1949, p. 73, probably spurious; Finberg, ECW, no. 77, authentic, original extant at Winchester in 1643; Hart 1970/1, p. 27 (no. 57), authentic; Dumville 1979, p. 8, on terminology; Keynes 1980, p. 33 n. 54; Edwards 1988, p. 142, cited; Keynes 1994, pp. 174-5, spurious in received form, but certain elements derive from an authentic 'Dunstan B' charter; cf. S 1491.

Ðis is þara . X . hida boc æt Cleran þe Eadred cing gæbocodæ Ælfsigæ biscopæ feower manna dæg . 7 æfter heora daga into Ealdan mynstræ .

Anno ab incarnatione domini nostri Jhesu Christi . DCCCCLV .

Ego Eadred . divina gratia favente rex et primicherius tocius Albionis ruris quandam particulam bis quinis mansiunculis estimatam quam solicole nominant . Clearan . Ælfsige episcopo . Wintoniensis æcclesiæ . ob ejus amabile et fidele obsequiolum preter triplum lib'e'rum servitium hoc est arcis . pontis . expeditionisque exercitium . post se trium spacia heredum libentissime concedo . finitisque illorum curriculis prefata terra . ad Petri apostolorum principis redeat limina ubi presulorum subthronizatur cathedra ni post voluntas fraterna illis plus sit consentanea .

Si quis quod absit tempore episcopi posteriorumve possessorum tyrannica fretus potestate huiusce donationis cartulam presumptuosus infringere temptaverit . coram Christo angelicoque cætu Christi cunctorumque Christianorum improperium sustenturus perhenniter videatur . His inquam limitibus hæc telluris particula post episcopum suosque tres heredes fratribus concessa et ad usum vestitus . condonata circumgirari videtur .

Ðis synð þa land gemere . ærest of hilda hlæwe on hunig wege . and lang weges on breges stipe stan . of þan stane on scæp wescan 7lang sceapwascan on aleburnan . and lang aleburnan on bæueres broces heafde on coferan treowe on þa bradan ac . of þære bradan ac on stuteres hylle niþewearde on stuteres hylle on wearð setl . of weard setle on wiþig grafas . of wiþig grafan on scip del of scip delle on cyp manna delle . 7lang weges eft east on hyldan hlew .

Huius doni testes extiterunt quorum inferius nomina esse carraxata videntur .

Ego Oda archiepiscopus hoc donum ut ratum maneat signo crucis perstrinxi .
Ego Wulf[s]tan archiepiscopus cartulam cauterians signum crucis perfixi .
Ego Ælfsige episcopus consentiens et corroborans triumphale signum depinxi .
Ego Osulf episcopus consentaneus stipulator et agie crucis impressor extiti .
Ego Wulfsige episcopus huius fulcitor largitionis cruciferens in Christo mansi .
Ego Byrhtelm episcopus largiflui signum trophaei equiperans consignavi .
Ego Alfwold episcopus labarum Christi præscribentibus conscribens impressi .
Ego Cynesige episcopus syngrapham hanc gabulo summo cauteriari videbar .
Ego Wulfhelm episcopus prefigentibus signaculum crucis consignator fui .
Ego Oscytel episcopus cultui pergamineo consignaculum Christi adhibui .
Ego Aþulf episcopus rutilans crucis signaculum simul prebui .
Ego Eadgifu mater regis . consensi et subscrpsi .
Ego Eadwig cliton consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Eadgar cliton consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Æþelstan dux consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Æþelmund dux consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Eadmund dux consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Eþelsige dux consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Byrhtferð dux consensi et subscripsi .
Ego Eþelgearð minister regis consensi et subscripsi .

Sed et familiæ tocius in monasterio Sancti Petri unanimis cum concivi societate consensus adherat .