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Calculating acreages: the problems of working from manuscripts

30 September 2015

I have been blogging again about the Templars’ estates at Gislingham: here. The two copies of the estate accounts for 1308 differ in the acreages sown with grain: one gives 35 acres more than the other! A check on the Hospitallers’ record from 1338 does not help, because by 1338 the whole farm was, apparently, under pasture. Alas, by 1338 the buildings that the royal custodian of the estate spent so much time and money repairing in 1309-12 had become ‘devastata’ — completely ruined.


  1. Stephen Smith

    I looking for more details regarding the Templars in Haddiscoe Norfolk I was told that the Presbytery was around for approx 100 years could anyone help me with more information please.

    • Helen Nicholson

      I am sorry to say that I don’t currently have any documentary evidence for the origins of the Templars’ estate at Haddiscoe. I have transcribed the accounts made by the king’s officials when the manor was confiscated by the king in 1308: these are attached to my blog here. Haddiscoe is not mentioned in the Templars’ Inquest of 1185, so presumably the Templars did not acquire property here until after that date. In 1308 the hamlet’s income comprised ‘rents of assise’ from free tenants and receipts from the sale of hay, rushes and straw. There was a hall and a barn, some pasture and some arable land sown with wheat, barley, peas and rye. Some stock was kept: two draught horses, a colt and two oxen. A ploughman, a man to lead the plough animals, and a harrower were employed and paid in cash, and there were also farm workers who included tenants carrying out work-rent and who received a food allowance.

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