DOC 11 -- Domesday BookINSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLECTION OF THE DOMESDAY RETURNS.
Here is subscribed the inquisition of lands as the barons of the king
have made inquiry into them; that is to say by the oath of the sheriff
of the shire, and of all the barons and their Frenchmen, and the whole
hundred, the priests, reeves, and six villains of each manor; then, what
the manor is called, who held it in the time of king Edward, who holds
now; how many hides, how many plows in demesne, how many belonging to the
men, how many villains, how many cottars, how many serfs, how many free-men,
how many socmen, how much woods, how much meadow, how many pastures, how
many mills, how many fish-ponds, how much has been added or taken away,
how much it was worth altogether at that time, and how much now, how much
each free man or socman had or has. All this threefold, that is to say
in the time of king Edward, and when king William gave it, and as it is
now; and whether more can be had than is had.
EXTRACT FROM DOMESDAY SURVEY OF THE COUNTY OF NORFOLK.
-- The land of Robert Malet.
Fredrebruge Hundred and half Glorestorp. Godwin, a freeman, held it. Two carucates of land in the time of king Edward. Then and afterwards 8 villains; now 3. Then and afterwards 3 bordars; now 5. At all times 3 serfs, and 30 acres of meadow. At all times 2 carucates in demesne. Then half a carucate of the men, and now. Woods for 8 swine, and 2 mills. Here are located 13 socmen, of 40 acres of land. When it was received there were 2 r. [note: the word indicated by "r" has not been identified], now 1. At all times 8 swine, then 20 sheep, and it is worth 60 shillings.
There is situated there, in addition, one berewick, as the manor of Heuseda. In the time of king Edward, 1 carucate of land; then and afterwards 7 villains, now 5. At all times 12 bordars, and 3 serfs, and 40 acres of meadow; 1 mill. Woods for 16 swine and 1 salt pond and a half. Then 1 r., and now and 14 swine, 30 sheep, and 50 goats. In this berewick are located 3 socmen, of 10 acres of land, and it is worth 30 shillings. The two manors have 2 leagues in length and 4 firlongs in breadth. Whosoever is tenant there, returns 12 pence of the twenty shillings of geld.
Scerpham Hundred Culverstestun. Edric held it in the time of king Edward. Two carucates of land. At all times there were 4 villains, and 1 bordar, and 4 serfs; 5 acres of meadow and two carucates in the demesne. Then and afterwards 1 carucate, now one-half. At all times 1 mill and one fish-pond. Here is located 1 socmen of the king, of 40 acres of land; which his predecessors held only as commended and he claims his land from the gift of the king. Then and afterwards there was one carucate, now 2 bovates, and 2 acres of meadow. At all times two r., and 4 geese; then 300 sheep, now 300 less 12; then 16 swine now 3. Then and afterwards it was worth 60 shillings, now 80; and there could be one plow. Walter of Caen holds it from Robert.
Heinstede Hundred. In Sasilingaham, Edric, the predecessor of Robert Malet, held 2 sokes and a half, of 66 acres of land, now Walter holds them. Then 9 bordars, now 13. At all times 3 carucates and a half among all, and 3 acres of meadow, and the eighth part of a mill; and under these 1 soke of 6 acres of land. At all times half a carucate. Then it was worth 30 shillings, now it returns 50 shillings.
In Scotessa, Ulcetel was tenant, a free man commended to Edric, in the time of king Edward of 30 acres of land. At that time 1 bordar, afterward and now 2. Then half a carucate, none afterward nor now. It was at all times worth 5 shillings and 4 pence; the same.
[Source: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook.html; From University of Pennsylvania. Dept. of History: Translations and Reprints from the Original Sources of European history, published for the Dept. of History of the University of Pennsylvania., (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press [1897?-1907?])Vol III:2, pp.6-7. ]