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Domesday Book for Coreley, Shropshire

Extract from The Domesday Book for Coreley, Shropshire, Formerly Cornelie

Domesday Book (also known as Domesday, or Book of Winchester), was the record of the great survey of England completed in 1086, executed for William the Conqueror, that was like a census by the government today. He needed information about the country he had just conquered so he could administer it. One of the main purposes of the survey was to find out who owned what so they could be taxed on it.

The judgment of the assessors was final. Whatever the book said about who owned the property, or what it was worth, was the law, and there was no appeal from it. Hence the name "Domesday" (the Middle English spelling of "Doomsday") since the 12th century, which emphasizes the definitiveness and authority of the book, (the analogy refers to the Christian notion of a Last Judgement).

RALPH de Mortimer holds CORELEY of the king. Siward held it as 2 manors and was a free man. There are 2 hides paying geld. There is land for 4 ploughs. In demesne is 1 [plough] and 4 slaves; and 1 villan and 2 bordars and 1 radman with half a plough. TRE it was worth 48s; now 10s; when received, 3s. The same Ralph holds CLEOBURY MORTIMER. Edith held it. There are 4 hides paying geld. There is land for 24 ploughs. In demesne are 4 ploughs and 14 slaves; and 20 villans and a priest and 2 radmen and 8 bordars. Among them all they have 20 ploughs. There is a mill rendering 2 summae of corn. Woodland for fattening 500 pigs renders 40s. TRE it was worth 8l; and afterwards the same; now 12l. The same Ralph holds MAWLEY at 1 hide and "LEL" at 1 virgate and "FECH" at 1 virgate of land. These were 3 manors and paid geld. 3 thegns held them, and were free men. When Turstin of Wigmore received them...

Note: This image was purchased when I was researching the Domesday Census. Unfortunately, I could not get the page that references the Chimney House, long owned by our Edwards family forebears. dvf

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