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Jacobstowe in the Devonshire Domesday Book (1086)

The Devonshire Domesday and Geld Inquest. The Devonshire Association (1884-1892)

Plymouth: W. Brendon and Son. (2 vols)

Transcribed by Michael Steer

Exeter Domesday or Liber Exonienis contains information for the county circuit of southwest England, primarily for the counties of Cornwall, Devon (some holdings missing), Dorset (some holdings missing) and Somerset. One holding in Wiltshire is also included in the Exeter Domesday. The manuscript is in poor condition, with many pages missing, and dates from about 1086. The entries are organised feudally, more feudally indeed than Domesday Book itself since the counties are subordinated to the Honours of tenants-in-chief. Jacobstowe is highly unusual however, since its manor was retained in Saxon hands after the Conquest.

Extract, p. 1190


Alueuia habet I mansionem queae nocatur Iacobescherca quam ipsa tenuit ea die qua rex Eduuardus fuit uiuus et mortuus et reddidit gildum pro i uirga et dimidia. Hanc potest arare i carruca. In ea habet Alueuia i carrucam et ii cotarios et i suruum xiiii oues et ualet per annum xl denarius.- Exon D. (487) 450

Alueuia has a manor called Jacobeschurca, which she herself held on the day on which King Edward lived and died, and it rendered geld for one virgate and a half. This can be ploughed by one plough. In this Alvevia has one plough and two cottars and one serf, (and) fourteen sheep; and it is worth by the year forty pence.


Extract, p. 1191.


Alveva tenet Jacobescherche, Ipsa tenebat tempore regis Eduurdi et geldabat pro una virgata terrae et dimidia. Terra est i carucae i seruo at ii cotariis. Valet xl denarius- Exch. D. 118 (3), 38a

Alveva holds Jacobescherche. She held it in the time of King Edward, and it paid geld for one virgate of land and a half. There is land for one plough, which is there, with one serf, and two cottars. It is worth forty pence.