Transaction: Bequeathing/will-makingEdwin 40.bequeathing land to various

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Description Will of Edwin 40 concerning land at Algarsthorpe, Little Melton, Bergh Apton (Ashwell), Thorpe, Great Melton, Wreningham, all in Norfolk; the beneficiaries being (Bury) St Edmunds, St Benedict's (Holme), St Etheldreda's (Ely), and the churches at Algarsthorpe, Little Melton, Bergh Apton, Norfolk; and Holverstone, Suffolk; Blyford, Sparham, Ashwell, Fundenhall and Nayland in Wreningham, all in Norfolk.
Year 1030 x 1070
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In my Lord's name I, Edwin 40, make known how I grant the things which God Almighty has lent me in this life. That is, that I grant the estate at Algarsthorpe to St Edmund's except ten acres which I give to the church there. And Leofric 67 is to have the three acres which he occupies. And I grant the estate at Little Melton to St Benedict's, and ten acres to the church. And I grant to St Etheldreda's the estate at Bergh south of King's Street, except the northern enclosure at Appelsco. And half the turfpit is to belong to Apton, and a way to it two rods broad. And ten acres south of the street to Bergh church. And ten acres north of the street to Apton church, and four acres to Holverstone church, and four acres to Blyford church and ten acres to Sparham church. And all my men are to be free everywhere after my time. This is the free property which Edwin has granted to Christ and St Mary and all Christ's saints for the redemption of his soul and the forgiveness of his sins. And this is the agreement which the two brothers, Wulfric 74 and Edwin 40, made between them about the two estates, Thorpe and Melton: that is, that whichever of them shall live the longer is to have both the estates; and after the death of both of them, the estate at Melton is to go to St Benedict's for the souls of them both: and Ketel 3 is to succeed to the estate at Thorpe after the death of them both on such terms as are set forth there: namely, that Ketel 3 is to pay each year to St Edmund's two pounds - that is the rent of the estate - and one mass [shall be said] every day for the souls of both of them. And after Ketel 3's death, the estate is to go to St Edmund's church without controversy; and [that] at Melton to the church which Thurward 1 owned; and the land which Edwin 41, Ecgfrith 15's son, had, free to the church; and eight acres from the estate at Thorpe, to Ashwell church; and eight acres from the estate at Wreningham to the old church, and two acres to Fundenhall church, and two to Nayland church. There are three of these documents. One is at St Edmund's: the second at St Benedict's at Holme: the third Edwin himself has. And this is the agreement which the two brothers, Wulfric and Edwin, made between them about the two estates, Thorpe and Melton: that is, that whichever of them shall live the longer is to have both the estates; and after the death of both of them, the estate at Melton is to go to St Benedict's for the souls of them both: and Ketel is to succeed to the estate at Thorpe after the death of them both on such terms as are set forth there: namely, that Ketel is to pay each year to St Edmund's two pounds - that is the rent of the estate - and one mass [shall be said] every day for the souls of both of them. And after Ketel's death, the estate is to go to St Edmund's church without controversy; and [that] at Melton to the church which Thurward owned; and the land which Edwin, Ecgfrith's son, had, free to the church; and eight acres from the estate at Thorpe, to Ashwell church; and eight acres from the estate at Wreningham to the old church, and two acres to Fundenhall church, and two to Nayland church. There are three of these documents. One is at St Edmund's: the second at St Benedict's at Holme: the third Edwin himself has.

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