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    A

    Ashford
    Exeforde: Count of Mortain.
    Near Heathrow Airport.

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    Bishopsgate
    Porta Episcopi: Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066.
    Part of London. The street called Bishopsgate was the main Roman route.

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    Camden Town
    Rugemere: Canon Ralph from Bishop of London.
    Part of London.

    Charlton
    Cerdentone: Roger de Raismes.
    Squeezed between reservoir and motorway.

    Colham
    Coleham: Earl Roger. 2 mills, vines.
    London suburb.

    Cowley
    Covelie: Westminster Abbey. Mill.
    Dr. William Dodd, clergyman and forger, was buried here in 1777.

    Cranford
    Cranforde: William FitzAnsculf and Hugh from him.
    Extension of Hounslow; 18th century park.

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    Dawley
    Dallega: Alnoth from Earl Roger.
    Hayes housing estates.

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    East Bedfont
    Bedefunde / funt: Count of Mortain; Richard from William FitzOthere.
    Green; overlooks Heathrow Airport.

    Ebury
    Eia: Geoffrey de Mandeville.
    Part of London. Ebury Street and Square are named after Ebury Farm, leased by Queen Elizabeth I. Mozart stayed here in 1764.

    Enfield
    Enefelde: Geoffrey de Mandeville. Mill, fishponds, park.
    Sprawling London suburb.

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    Feltham
    Felteham: Count of Mortain.
    Huge dormitory suburb; 17th century manor house.

    Fulham
    Fuleham: Bishop of London and Fulcred from him; Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066. Gardens, weir.
    London borough; 16th century Fulham Palace, past residence of the Bishops of London; once famous for its market gardens.

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    Greenford
    Greneforde: Westminster Abbey before and after 1066; Arnulf and Ansgot from Geoffrey de Mandeville; Aelfeva from the king.
    Part of London.

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    Haggerston
    Hergotestane: Robert Gernon.
    Depressed area of East London near Shoreditch.

    Hampstead
    Hamestede: Westminster Abbey and Ranulf Peverel from the abbey.
    Part of London.

    Hampton
    Hamnetone: Walter de St. Valery. 3s from fishing nets and drag-nets in the River Thames.
    Magnificent 16th century palace built by Cardinal Wolsey. In the 1870s, the Thames Conservancy hatched and reared fish here to release them into the Thames.

    (For more on Hampton go to Hampton-Online)

    Hanwell
    Hanewelle: Westminster Abbey before and after 1066.
    Modern housing estates nearby.

    Hanworth
    Haneworde: Robert from Earl Roger.
    London suburb. Henry VIII had a shooting seat here; there is an old people's home on the site.

    Harefield
    Herefelle: Richard FitGilbert. 2 mills, 4 fishponds (1000 eels).
    Country character; Breakspears manor house.

    Harlesden
    Herulvestune: Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066.
    Part of London.

    Harlington
    Herdintone: Alfred and Olaf from Earl Roger.
    Straggling; squeezed between Heathrow and the M4.

    Harrow
    Herges: Archbishop Lanfranc.
    Town with a famous public school.

    Hatton
    Ha(i)tone: Walter de Mucedent from Walter FitzOthere.
    Enlarged as a result of the development of Heathrow airport.

    Hayes
    Hesa: Archbishop Lanfranc. Mill.
    Town engulfed by modern housing; remains of 11th century manor house; moat.

    Hendon
    Handone: Westminster Abbey before and after 1066.
    London borough with the (much altered) remains of a house built by the actor David Garrick in the 18th century.

    Hillingdon
    Hillendone: Earl Roger. Weir.
    London borough.

    Holborn
    Holeburne: King's land.
    London district so-called because a road in medieval times followed the course of a bourne (or burn). St. Etheldreda's church and Gray's Inn were both established by the 15th century.

    Hoxton
    Hochestone: Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066.
    Absorbed by Shoreditch.

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    Ickenham
    Ticheham: 3 men-at-arms and an Englishman from Earl Roger; 2 Englishmen from Geoffrey de Mandeville; Robert FitzFafiton.

    Isleworth
    Gistelesworde: Walter de St. Valery. 2 mills, 1 weirs.
    Thames-side; Syon House, begun after the Dissolution from the ruins of a Bridgettine convent.

    Islington
    Iseldone / Isendone: Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066; Wulfbert from Geoffrey de Mandeville; Derman of London.
    Part of London; 16th century Canonbury House. Henry VIII hawked here.

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    Kempton
    Chenetone: Count of Mortain. Vines.
    Famous race course. Remains of a Henry I palace probably lie beneath it.

    Kensington
    Chenesit: Aubrey de Vere from Bishop of Coutances. 3 vines.
    Part of London (combined with Chelsea as a borough). de Vere gave land to the Abbey of St. Mary, Abingdon; the present parish church named St. Mary Abbots recalls this.

    Kingsbury
    Chingesberie: William the Chamberlain from Westminster Abbey; Albold from Arnulf de Hesdin. Mill.
    Part of London; modern housing.

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    Lisson
    Lilestone: Edeva from the king.
    Lisson Grove and Lisson Street in London. In medieval times, a setllement between the hamlets of Tyburne (now Marylebone) and Paddington.

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    Northolt
    Northala: Geoffrey de Mandeville.
    Overrun by metropolis; airport.

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    Ruislip
    Rislepe: Arnulf de Hesdin.
    Park for woodland beasts. Part of London; manor farm, on the site of the motte and bailey castle built by de Hesdin; Park Wood, a fragment of the Domesday hunting ground.

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    St. Pancras
    Sanctus Pancratius: Canons of St. Paul's before and afte1066; Canon Walter of St. Paul's.
    Part of London; Norman church, built c.1180, possibly on the site of a Roman camp.

    Shepperton
    Scepertone: Westminster Abbey before and after 1066. Weir.
    Thames-side village. Manor house, several weirs.

    South Mimms
    Mimes: Geoffrey de Mandeville.
    Site of a motte and bailey castle nearby, probably that of the de Mandevilles.

    Staines
    Stanes: Westminster Abbey. 6 mills, 2 weirs, vines.
    Town; weirs.

    Stanmore
    Stanmera / mere: Count of Mortain; Roger de Raismes.
    Part of London. Handel was organist at the church.

    Stanwell
    Stanwelle: Walter FitzOthere. 4 mills (400 eels less 75), 3 weirs (1000 eels).
    Much expanded; Stanwell Place, Georgian manor house.

    Stepney
    Stibenhed(e): Bishop of London; Hugh de Bernieres; Brian's wife; Ranulf Flambard; William de Vere; Canon Engelbert before and after 1066; Bishop of Lisieux before and after 1066; William the Chamberlain; Aelfric Catchpoll; Edmund son of Algot and Alwin son of Brictmer from him; Robert FitzFafiton; Robert FitzRozelin. 7 mills. Wood for fences.
    London borough; green with Georgian houses.

    Stoke Newington
    Neutone: Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066.
    Part of London; a rural village until the 1870s.

    Sunbury
    Suneberie: Westminster Abbey.
    Large; Thames-side.

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    Tollington
    Tolentone: Ranulf brother of Ilger holds TOLLINGTON from the king for 2 hides. Land for 2 ploughs. In lordship 1 hide, 1 plough there. The villagers have 2 ploughs. 5 villagers with virgate each; 2 smallholders with 9 acres; 1 cottager; 1 slave. Pasture for village livestock; woodland, 60 pigs and 5s too. Value of this land, 40s; when acquired 60s; before 1066 40s. Edwin, King Edward's man, held this (land) and could sell.
    Tollington Park.

    Tottenham
    Toteham: Countess Judith. Weir.
    Part of London.

    Tottenham (Court)
    Totehele: Canons of St. Paul's before and after 1066.
    Part of London.

    Twyford
    Tueverde: Durand and Gyrth, Canons of St. Paul's.
    Part of London.

    Tyburn
    Tiburne: Barking Abbey before and after 1066.
    Part of London. Criminals were executed here as early as 1196.

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    West Bedfont
    Westbedefund: Walter de Mucedent from Walter FitzOthere.
    Merged with Stanwell.

    (West) Drayton
    Draitone: Canons of St. Paul's. Mill, weir.
    Fine green; weir; Tudor gatehouse.

    Westminster
    Aecclesia Sancti Petri Westmonasterii: Westminster Abbey and Baynard from the abbot. Gardens, houses, newly planted vines.
    City of Westminster, in London. Westminster Abbey dates from 1245 and is on the site of the Saxon church.

    Willesden
    Wellesdone: Villagers from the Canons of St. Paul's (who before 1066 held the manor for their household supplies).
    Part of London. Medieval church; from the 13th century to the Reformation the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Willesden rivalled the one to Walsingham.

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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