One of the projects that we hope to document here concerns the names of fields and farms in the village, over the centuries. As a starter, the earliest document we have found so far with a list of properties is the "Inquisition Post Mortem" for Lady Alice de Bryan on her death in 1435. She was a significant landowner, both in her own right and through marriage into the Bryan family. The Inquisition Post Mortem was an official enquiry into what lands were held by a landowner, and who the legal heir was. The entry for Sutton Poyntz, copied below, lists properties that were part of the manor.

 

A later source of information is the Inclosure Report, dated 1798, which lists changes to land tenancy as a result of the land inclosure.

 

Land units in 1435

  • A capital messuage and stable, worth nothing yearly; 2 closes of pasture containing 12 acres pasture, attached to the capital messuage, each acre worth 7d yearly; [i.e. the manor house, which presumably would have been occupied by a bailiff or steward, since the Lord of the Manor (lady Alice) lived elsewhere];
  • 400 acres fallow land, each acre worth 1d yearly;
  • 16 acres meadow in a meadow called 'Lodmoysmede', each acre worth 2s yearly;
  • 11a acres meadow in a meadow 'by Southpreston', 'Wexmede' and 'Parkmede', each acre worth 2½d yearly;
  • 2 pastures called 'Trymbury' and 'Cherlebury' containing 14 acres, each acre worth 2s yearly;
  • a pasture called 'Suthdon' by Lodmoor containing 100 acres, each acre worth 1d yearly;
  • 2 closes beside the bercary, worth 4s yearly;
  • a close called 'le Park' containing 20 acres, each acre worth ½d yearly;
  • a close called 'Eldelond' containing 40 acres , each acre worth 1d yearly;
  • a pasture called 'Cherchedonysslade' containing 6 acres, each acre worth 4d yearly;
  • a marsh called Lodmoor containing 22 acres each acre worth 12d yearly;
  • 300 acres hilly sheep-pasture, each acre worth ½d yearly;
  • a watermill for grain,
  • a messuage, 8 acres land and 2 acres meadow, worth 46s 8d yearly;
  • a fulling mill, nearly decayed, worth nothing yearly;
  • 4 tofts, worth 2s yearly;
  • 15 messuages each worth 10s yearly;
  • a messuage worth 7s 2d yearly;
  • a messuage containing a virgate of land worth 8s yearly;
  • a messuage worth 6s 8d yearly;
  • a messuage worth 5s 4d yearly;
  • a messuage worth 6s yearly;
  • a messuage worth 5s 4d yearly;
  • a messuage worth 5s 4d yearly;
  • a messuage worth 8s yearly;
  • a messuage worth 5s 4d yearly;
  • a messuage worth 8s yearly;
  • 4 messuages each worth 5s yearly;
  • a cottage and 3½ acres land worth 5s 3d yearly;
  • a cottage and 1½ acres land worth 3s 2d yearly;
  • a toft and 3 acres land worth 2s yearly;
  • a toft and 16 acres land worth 10s yearly;
  • a cottage worth 12d yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege and 1 acre land worth 2s yearly;
  • a cottage and 2½ acres land and meadow worth 6s yearly;
  • a cottage worth 1d yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege and 2 roods land worth 12d yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege and 4½ acres land worth 5s 2½d yearly;
  • a close worth 2s yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege 2 acres land and a close worth 3s 4d yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege and 6 acres and 1 rood land worth 5s yearly;
  • a toft a close and 2 acres land worth 2s yearly;
  • a close worth 18d yearly;
  • a toft with curtilege worth 16d yearly;
  • a toft and 8 acres land worth 5s yearly;
  • a cottage and rood of land worth 12d yearly;
  • a cottage and 3 acres land and mead worth 3s yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege and 1 acre land worth 12d yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege worth 3s yearly;
  • a close worth 3s 4d yearly;
  • a cottage with curtilege worth 12d yearly;
  • a close worth 2d yearly;
  • a close worth 2s 6d yearly;
  • a close worth 2s yearly;
  • a court baron with view of frankpledge worth 8s yearly; [the court baron is the court responsible for managing the ownership of property in the manor; view of frankpledge refers to law enforcement within the manor];
  • and assize rent of 31s 10d, 2¼ lb pepper, 3½ lb cumin, and 10 capons from various tenements, payable by the hands of the various free tenants at Easter and Michaelmas.
  • There is view of frankpledge in the hundred worth 10s yearly