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    A

    Abberley
    Edboldelege: Ralph de Tosny.
    Abberley Hall.

    Abberton
    Edbretitune: Pershore Church before and after 1066.
    Hall.

    Ab Lench
    Abeleng: Urso from Worcester Church.
    Also known as Abbot's Lench, probably Hob's Lech originally.

    Abbots Morton
    Mortune: Ranulf from Evesham Church.
    Black and white timbered houses; once a refuge from outlaw raiders from Feckenham Forest.

    Aldington
    Aldintone: Evesham Church. Mill.

    Alton
    Alvintune: Ralph de Tosny.
    Alton Lodge; Alton Villa.

    Alvechurch
    Alvievecherche: Worcester Church.
    Half-timbered houses; traces of a moat and fishponds; remains of an episcopal palace.

    Ashborough
    Asseberga:
    Lost.

    Ashton under Hill
    Es(se)tone: King's land.

    Astley
    Eslei: St Taurin's Church from Ralph de Tosny. Church, 4 mills.
    Astley Hall; church with Norman carvings.

    Aston Fields
    Estone: Worcester Church. 2 mills.
    Part of Bromsgrove.

    Aston Somerville
    Estune: King's land.
    Manor Farm.

    Atch Lench
    Achelenz: Worcester Church; Evesham Church. Mill. Honey.

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    Baddington
    Bedindone: Worcester Church.
    Bant (originally Baddington) Mill.

    Badsey
    Badesei: Evesham Church.

    Barley
    Burgelege: Worcester Church, in the king's hands.
    Barley House; Barley Cottage.

    Bastwood
    Bestewde:
    Lost.

    Bayton
    Betune: Rayner from Ralph de Tosny. Mill.

    Beckford
    Beceford: King's land.

    Bellbroughton
    Brotune: Urso d'Abetot, formerly Countess Godiva. Church.
    Known for scythe-making.

    Bell Hall
    Bellem: Robert from William FitzAnsculf. Salthouse.
    Bell Hall; Bell Hall Farm.

    Bellington
    Belintones: William FitzAnsculf.
    Bellington Farm; Bellington Mill.

    Bengeworth
    Beningeorde / Bennicworte: Abbot of Evesham and Urso the Sheriff from Worcester Church; Evesham Church.
    Part of Evesham.

    Bentley
    Beneslei: William from Urso d'Abetot.
    Now Upper Bentley; Bentley House; Upper Bentley Farm.

    Beoley
    Beolege: Pershore Church.
    Beoley Hall.

    Berrington
    Beritune: Osbern FitzRichard, formerly his father. Mill.
    Now 2 hamlets, Berrington and Berrington Green.

    Besford
    Beford: William the priest from Westminster Church and Urso and Walter Ponther from him.
    Besford Hall.

    Bickmarsh
    Bichemerse: King's land.
    Bickmarsh Hall.

    Birlingham
    Berlingeham: Westminster Church and Urso from the church. Fishery.

    Bishampton
    Bisantune: Worcester Church, Roger de Lacy from the church and 2 Frenchmen from him. Mill.
    Orchards.

    Bockleton
    Boclintun: Bishop of Hereford.
    Bockleton Farm.

    Bradley Green
    Bradelege: Archdeacon Alric from Worcester Church.
    Scattered; on the Roman road to Droitwich.

    Bransford
    Bradnesforde: Urso from Pershore Church. Mill.
    Bransford Court.

    Bredicot
    Bradecote: Walter Ponther from Worcester Church. Woodland in the king's forest.
    Roman coins were found here.

    Bredon
    Breodun: Worcester Church. Mill.
    Bredon Hill with Iron Age fortifications and a view of 14 counties.

    Bredons Norton
    Nortune: Durand from Worcester Church.
    Norton Park, home of Thomas Copley, Raleigh's companion on the voyage to America in the late 16th century.

    Bretforton
    Bratfortune: Evesham Church. Mill.
    Timbered cottages.

    Bricklehampton
    Bricstelmestune: Westminster Church.
    Hall.

    Broad Marston
    Merestune: King's land.
    Marston Grange.

    Broadwas
    Bradewesham: Worcester Church. 2 mills, fishery (with Hallow).
    Black and white houses; Broadwas Court. Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was born at Broadheath nearby.

    Broadway
    Bradeweia: Pershore Church.
    Houses built using famous yellow Cotswold stone.

    Bromsgrove
    Bremesgrave: King William holds BREMESGRAVE in lordship with 18 outliers: MOSELEY, (Kings) NORTON, 'LINDSWORTH', WYTHALL, WYTHWOOD, HOUNDSFIELD, 'TESSALL', REDNAL, LEA (Green), 'COMBLE', BURCOT, ASHBOROUGH, TUTNALL, 'TYNSALL', ROCKBURY, 'SHURVENHILL', WOODCOTE (Green), TIMBERHANGER. 30 hides between them, including the manor. Earl Edwin held this manor before 1066. Now in lordship 2 ploughs; 20 villagers, a reeve and a beadle with a priest and 92 smallholders; between them they have 77 ploughs. 9 male slaves, 1 female. 3 mills at 13s 4d; woodland 7 leagues long and 4 leagues wide; 4 hawk's eyries. To this manor belong 13 salthouses in Droitwich, and 3 salt-workers who pay 300 measures of salt from these salthouses. Before 1066, 300 cartloads of timber were given them by the keepers of the woodland. 6 lead vats.
    Market town.

    Broughton Hackett
    Broctune: The Sheriff from Westminster Church and Aiulf from him.

    Burcot
    Bericote: King's land. Assessed with Bromsgrove, etc.

    Bushley
    Biselege / Biselie: King's land. Cowman, dairymaid. Worcester Church, in the king's hands.
    Bushley Park; Bushley Green.

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    C

    Carton
    Carletune: Odo from Osbern FitzRichard.
    Carton Farm.

    Chaddesley Corbett
    Cedeslai: Aldeva, a woman, the pre-Conquest holder. 3 mills (12 packloads of corn).
    Half-timbered house. Harvington Hall nearby is Tudor with wall-paintings and secret passages.

    Chadwich
    Celdu(u)ic: King's land.
    Chadwich Manor; Chadwich Grange Farm. The estate was given to the National Trust by the Cadbury family.

    Chawson
    Celvestune: William from William Goizenboded; Earl Roger.
    On the outskirts of Droitwich.

    Childswickham
    Wicuene: King's land.
    Thatched cottages; a medieval wayside cross.

    Chevington
    Civintone: Pershore Church.

    Church Honeybourne
    Uniburne: Evesham Church.
    Part of Honeybourne. Separated from Cow Honeybourne by the Roman Rycknield Street.

    Churchill (Kidderminster)
    Corcehalle: Walter from William FitzAnsculf.
    An old yew in the churchyard.

    Churchill (Worcester)
    Circehille: Walter from Worcester Church. Mill.

    Church Lench
    Circelenz: Evesham Church.
    Orchards.

    Cleeve Prior
    Clive: Worcester Church itself holds Cleeve Prior with (Atch) Lench. 10 hides. In lordship 2 ploughs; A Priest who has 1 hide and 2 ploughs; 9 villagers and 5 smallholders with 4 ploughs. A mill which pays 1 sester of honey. 4 male and 4 female slaves; meadow, 20 acres. The value was 7; now 6. 2 hides, less 1 virgate, of this land are waste.

    Clent
    Clent: King's land.
    Celebrates the restoration of Charles II on Oak Apple Day.

    Clifton upon Teme
    Clistune: Osbern FitzRichard and Abbot of Cormeilles from the king. Robert d'Oilly from Osbern FitzRichard.
    Red brick and black and white houses.

    Clopton
    Cloptune:
    Lost.

    Cofton Hackett
    Costone: Worcester Church; Thorold and Walter from Urso d'Abetot. Mill.
    Cofton Hall; Longbridge motors nearby.

    Comberton
    Cumbrintune / Cumbritone: Gilbert FitzThorold and Urso from Westminster Church; Pershore Church. Mill.
    Now 2 villages, Great and Little Comberton.

    Comble
    Comble:
    Lost.

    Conningswick
    Colingvic: Ralph de Mortimer.
    Conningswick Farm.

    Cookhill
    Cochehi: Erlebald from Urso d'Abetot.

    Cooksey Green
    Cochesei / sie: King's land; Herbrand and William from Urso d'Abetot.

    Cotheridge
    Codrie: Osbern FitzRichard from Worcester Church. Mill.
    Timber-framed Cotheridge Court.

    Cow Honeybourne
    Heniberge: King's land.
    Part of Honeybourne, on the Roman Rycknield Street.

    Cradley
    Cradeleie: Payne from William FitzAnsculf.
    On the outskirts of Stourbridge which was famous for gunsmiths.

    Croome d'Abitot
    Crumbe: Siward from Worcester Church.
    Croome Court and gardens, designed by Capability Brown, with work by Adam and Chippendale.

    Cropthorne
    Cropetorn: Worcester Church. Mill. 20 sticks of eels.
    Church with a Saxon cross.

    Crowle
    Croelai / Crohlea: Roger de Lacy from Worcester Church and Odo from him; Urso from Osbern FitzRichard. Mill. 2 salthouses.
    Red brick and half-timbered cottages; orchards.

    Cudley
    Cudelei: Urso from Worcester Church, formerly Alfeva 'on the terms she could beg'.
    Cudleigh Court Farm.

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    Defford
    Depeforde: Westminster Church and 2 Frenchmen from the church.

    Doddenham
    Dodeham: Gilbert FitzThorold. Mill.

    Dormston
    Dormestun: William FitzCorbucion from Westminster Church and Albert from him.
    Dormston Manor.

    Doverdale
    Lunvredele: William from Urso d'Abetot. Church, mill.
    Doverdale Manor; traces of the old manor house moat.

    Drake's Broughton
    Broctune: Pershore Church and Urso from the church.
    Orchards.

    Droitwich
    Wic / Wich: King's land; Worcester Church; St. Denis' Church; Coventry Church; Westminster Church; Pershore Church; Evesham Church; St. Guthlac's Church; Ralph de Tosny; Roger de Lacy; Osbern FitzRichard; Harold FitzRalph; Urso d'Abetot; Hugh de Lasne; Aldeval. All holding and/or receiving revenue from brine pits, lead vats, leadworks, 4 furnaces and many salthouses.
    Market town with timber-framed houses, once the Roman site of Salinae and a Saxon centre of salt production. 'Droit' indicates the right, given by Edward III, to manufacture salt; previously the settlement was only 'Wich'.

    Dudley
    Dudelei: William FitzAnsculf, whose castle is there.
    Industrial town with a patly Norman castle. Coal was first used here for smelting in the 17th century.

    Dunclent
    Dunclent: Nigel (the doctor) also holds DUNCLENT, and Urso from him. 3 hides. In lordship 1 plough; 2 smallholders and 2 ploughmen; 5 ploughs would be possible. The value was 25s; now 10s. Odo held it from St. Guthlac's.
    Dunclent Farm.

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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