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    A

    Abbas Combe
    Cumbe: Shaftesbury Church. 7 cows.

    Abbot's Leigh
    Lege / Lega: Thurstan, formerly his father.
    Near Avon Gorge Nature Reserve; manor house.

    Adsborough
    Tetesberge / berga / Tegesberia: Hugh from William de Mohun, formerly 6 thanes.

    Aisholt
    terra Olta: Robert from Roger de Courseulles.
    Aisholt Wood.

    Alcombe
    Aucome / coma: William de Mohun. 200 sheep.
    Part of Minehead.

    Aldwick
    Alduic / uica: Walter from Serlo de Burcy. Mill.
    Farm; manor house.

    Aley
    Ailgi / Aili: Warmund from William de Mohun.

    Alford
    Aldedeford: Ansger from Robert de Mortain. Mill.
    Farm.

    Alfoxton
    Alfagestone / tona: Ranulf from Alfred d'Epaignes.
    Alfoxton Park, an 18th century house, now a hotel.

    Alhampton
    Alentone / tona: Ralph Crooked Hands from Glastonbury Church. 3 mills (with Hornblotton and Lamyatt).

    Aller (in Carhampton)
    Alre / Alra: Ogis from Roger de Courseulles.
    Farm, below Aller Hill.

    Aller (near Langport)
    Alre / Alra: Ralph de Limesy.
    Farm. The Danish king Guthrun was converted to Christianity on Aller Moor.

    Aller (in Sampford Brett)
    Alre / Alra:
    Lost.

    Allercott
    Alurencote / Alueronecota: Durand from William de Mohun.

    Allerford
    Alresford / forda: Ralph de Limesy. Mill.
    Attractive; pack-horse bridge.

    Allerton
    Alwarditone: Ralph de Conteville from Walter de Douai.
    Now 2 hamlets, Chapel and Stone Allerton.

    Almsworthy
    Edmundesworde / worda:
    Lost.

    Alstone
    Alsistune / Alesistuna: Rademar from Walter de Douai.
    Adjoining Highbridge.

    Alston Sutton
    Alnodestone / tona / tuna: Hubert from Walter de Douai.

    Alwin's Land: Lost.

    Andersey
    Ederesige: Godwin from Glastonbury Church.
    Now Nyland.

    Ansford
    Almundesford / Almondesford: Wulfric from Walter de Douai. Mill.
    Near Castle Cary.

    Appley
    Ape / Appelie / Ape / Appeleia: Bretel from Count of Mortain; Drogo from Baldwin of Exeter.
    Cothay Manor nearby.

    Ashbrittle
    Aisse / Aissa: Bretel and Ansger from Count of Mortain. 2 mills.
    On the Somerset / Devon border.

    Ashcombe
    Aisecome / coma: Herlwin from Bishop of Coutances. 60 goats.
    Ashcombe Park in Weston-super-Mare.

    Ashcott
    Aissecote / cota: Walter de Douai and Roger de Courseulles from Glastonbury Church.

    Ashill
    Aiselle / Aisselle: Mauger from Count of Mortain. 70 pigs.
    Partly Norman church.

    Ashington
    Essentone / tona: Vitalis from Roger de Courseulles.
    16th century manor house.

    Ash Priors
    Aissa: Roger Arundel.
    Ash Priors Common.

    Ashway
    Ascwei: Hugh from Roger de Courseulles.
    On the River Barle.

    Ashwick
    Escewiche / Escwica: Bath Church.
    Burial urns in nearby Beacon Hill Barrows.

    Athelney
    Adelingi / Adeliniensis: Count of Mortain; Roger de Courseulles and Ralph de Limesy from Athelney Church.
    Formerly an island that was a stronghold of King Alfred but now rises above drained moors. Burrow Mump, site of a 12th century fortification.

    Avill
    Avena: Ralph from William de Mohun. Mill.
    Farm; on the River Avill.

    Axbridge
    Aissebrige / Axebruge / Alsebruge: King's land.
    Market town with timbered and Georgian houses. <.blockquote>

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    Babcary
    Babacha / Babakari / Babecari / Babbacari: Robert FitzIvo from Count of Mortain; Humphrey the Chamberlain.

    Babington
    Babingtone / Babbig / Babbingtona: Azelin from Bishop of Coutances. Mill. 200 sheep.
    18th century Babington House and church.

    Backwell
    Bacoile / Bacoila: Fulcran and Nigel from Bishop of Coutances. Mill.
    Manor house; Backwell Quarries.

    Badgworth
    Bagewerre / werra: Fulcwin from Walter de Douai.
    Manor house.

    Bagborough
    Bageberge / berga / Bagaberga / Baweberga / Bagueberga: William de Mohun; Ralph from Ralph Pagnell.
    Now the village of West Bagborough and hamlet of East Bagborough; church in the grounds of Bagborough House.

    Bagley (in Stoke Pero)
    Bagelie:
    Deserted site.

    Baltonsborough
    Baltunesberge / berga: Glastonbury Church. Mill.
    Birthplace of St. Dunstan (924-88).

    Banwell
    Banwelle / Banuela: Bishop of Wells and Serlo de Burcy, Ralph Crooked Hands, Roghard, Fastrad, Bofa and Alfry from him, formerly Earl Harold. 3 mills.
    19th century 'cottage orne' and park, 'The Caves'. Remains of prehistoric mammals were found in Bone Caves on nearby Banwell Hill.

    Barrington
    Barintone / tona: Roger de Courseulles.
    Thatched cottages; 16th century manor house.

    Barrow (near Castle Cary)
    Berrowene: Bretel from Count of Mortain; Ralph from Walter de Douai.
    Now 2 villages, North and South Barrow.

    Barrow Gurney
    Berue / Berua: Nigel de Gournai-en-Brai from Bishop of Wells. Mill.
    Named after its Domesday holder; 16th century manor house.

    Barton St. David
    Bertone / tuna / tona: Norman from Roger de Courseulles; Edmund FitzPayne from the king. 2 mills.
    Overlooking Glastonbury Tor.

    Batcombe
    Batecumba / comba: Roger de Courseulles and Azelin from Glastonbury Church, formerly Alfhild, the Abbot's mother. Mill. 150 sheep.
    The 'raging Batcombeites', Puritans who fought in the Civil War, are commemorated in Bruton parish register.

    Bath
    Bada / Bade: Before 1066 it paid tax for 20 hides when the shire paid tax. The King has 64 burgesses who pay 4; 90 burgesses of other men pay 60s there. The King has 6 derelict houses. This Borough, with the said BATHEASTON, pays 60 at face value and 1 gold mark. Besides this, the mint pays 100s. Edward the Sheriff pays 11 of the third penny of this Borough. From this Borough 1 house has been taken away. Hugh the Interpreter holds it; value 2s. Of the third penny (of) ILCHESTER William of Mohun pays 6 at 20 (pence) to the ora; of MILBORNE (Port) 20s; of BRUTON 20s; of LANGPORT 10s; of AXBRIDGE 10s; of FROME 5s.
    City, originally called Aquae Sulis by the Romans, after its mineral springs. The See of Wells was transferred here in 1088; fine 18th century architecture.

    Bathampton
    Hantone / Hamtona: Hugh the Interpreter and Colgrim, an Englishman from Bath Church.
    Close to Bath. The quarries on Bathampton Downs provided stone for many houses in Bath.

    Bathealton
    Badeheltone / tona: Nigel from William de Mohun. 50 goats.
    Partly 17th century farm.

    Batheaston
    Estone / tona: King's land; Walter Hussey from Bath Church; Hugolin the Interpreter. 2 mills. 150 sheep.
    Suburb of Bath.

    Bathford
    Forde / Forda: Bath Church. Mill.
    On the outskirts of Bath, by the River Avon.

    Bathwick
    Wiche / Wica: Bishop of Wells. Mill. 250 sheep.
    Part of Bath.

    Bawdrip
    Bagetrepe / Bagatrepa: Rainward from Walter de Douai. Mill. 20 pigs.
    Ruins of a 19th century 'castle'.

    Beckington
    Bechintone / tona: Roger [Bushell] holds BECHINTONE himself. Aethelfrith held it before 1066; it paid tax for 10 hides. Land for 10 ploughs. In lordship 2 ploughs; 5 hides and 3 virgates. 9 villagers and 7 smallholders have 6 ploughs and 4 hides and 1 virgate. A mill which pays 20s; meadow, 12 acres; pasture, 8 acres; woodland, 100 acres. 24 pigs; 100 sheep; 50 goats. Value when he acquired it, 10; now 6.
    16th century houses; Birthplace of Thomas Beckington (1390-1465), Bishop of Bath and Wells and secretary to Henry IV.

    Beercrocombe
    Bere / Bera: Reginald de Vautortes from Count of Mortain.

    Beere
    Bera: Leofa, the pre-Conquest holder. Mill.
    Manor farm.

    Belluton
    Beletone / Belgetone / tona: Alfred from Count Eustace. Mill.
    Adjoining Pensford on the River Chew.

    Berkley
    Berchelei / lec: Robert from Roger Arundel. Mill.
    17th century manor house; Georgian house.

    Bickenhall
    Bichehalle / halda: William de Lestre from Count of Mortain.
    Farm.

    Bickham
    Bichecome / comma: Richard from William de Mohun.
    On the River Avill.

    Bishop's Lydeard
    Lediart / Liediart / Lidegar: William de Mohun. Mill.

    Bishopsworth
    Bicheurde / Bischeurda / Biscopewrde / wrda: Herlwin and Azelin from Bishop of Coutances.
    Church with a Poussin painting of the Madonna.

    Blackford (near Wincanton)
    Blacheford / Blachafort: Alwaker from Glastonbury Church; Alfward from Thurstan FitzRolf.
    Thatched cottages; medieval dovecote.

    Blackmore
    Blachemore / Blachamora: Ansketel from Roger de Courseulles.
    Farm.

    Blagdon
    Blachedone / dona: Serlo de Burcy. 2 mills.
    Near Blagdon Lake Reservoir.

    Blaxhold
    Blachesale / ssala:
    Lost.

    Bleadon
    Bledone / dona: Bishop of Winchester. 250 sheep.
    Near beautiful Bleadon Hill.

    Bossington
    Bosintone / tuna / tona: Ralph de Limesy.
    Coastal; Bossington Hill.

    Bradford (on Tone)
    Bradeforde / forda: Alfred the Butler from Count of Mortain. Mill.
    On the River Tone; 2 originally 14th century bridges.

    Bradney
    Bradenie / neia: Rainward from Walter de Douai.

    Bradon
    Brede / Bredde / Bredene / Brade: Mauger and Drogo from Count of Mortain; Harding from the king.
    Now North Bradon; South Bradon farm.

    Bratton (in Minehead)
    Bratone / tona: Roger from William de Mohun. 12 cattle, 60 goats.
    On the outskirts of Minehead.

    Bratton Seymour
    Broctune / tuna: Gerard from Walter de Douai.
    Bratton Hill.

    Brean
    Brien: Walter de Douai.
    Holiday resort. Brean Sands were noted for shipwrecks.

    Brewham
    Briweham: William de Mohun. 2 mills. 300 sheep, 22 wild mares.
    Now 2 villages, North and South Brewham; Brewham House.

    Bridgwater
    Brugie: Walter de Douai. Mill.
    Industrial town, port in the Middle Ages.

    Broadway
    Bradewei: Mauger from Count of Mortain.
    Called after the road leading to the medieval forest of Neroche.

    Broadwood
    Bradewrde / euda: William de Mohun.
    Farm.

    Brockley
    Brochelie / leia: Aldred, the pre-Conquest holder.
    Brockley Court manor house, with a farm. A nature trail leads through Brockley Combe.

    Broford
    Broford / Brofort: William from Roger de Courseulles.
    Farm.

    Brompton Ralph
    Burnetone / tuna / tona: Thorgils from William de Mohun. Mill.
    On the edge of the Brendon Hills; Elworthy Barrows, an Iron Age hill-fort.

    Brompton Regis
    Brunetone / tona: Count of Mortain from the king and Hugh de Vautortes from him, formerly Countess Gytha. 2 mills.
    King's Brompton Forest nearby.

    Broomfield
    Brunfelle / fella: William de Mohun. 155 sheep.
    Fyne Court is part of Somerset Trust for Nature Conservation.

    Brown
    Brune: Durand from William de Mohun. 190 sheep, 44 goats.
    Court Farms on the Domesday site.

    Brushford
    Brigeford / fort / Bricefort / Brucheford: Mauger from Count of Mortain. Mill.
    17th century hospital.

    Bruton
    Brauetone / Briuetona / Briutona / Briweton / tone / tona / Brumetone: King's land, formerly King Edward. 6 mills.
    Small town on the River Brue.

    Brympton
    Brunetone / tona: Herbert from Roger de Courseulles.
    Mainly 16th century, Brympton House, with a church and a dower house.

    Buckland Dinham
    Bochelande / land / landa: Dunn, the pre-Conquest holder, from the king. Mill.

    Buckland St. Mary
    Bochelande / land / landa: Brictric, Wulfward and Harding from the king.
    In the Black Down Hills.

    Burnett
    Bernet: Wife of Wulfward from the king.
    Manor house; gabled farm.

    Burnham on Sea
    Burneham: Walter de Douai.
    Holiday resort. The church contains the remains of an altarpiece carved by Grinling Gibbons for Whitehall Palace.

    Butcombe
    Budicombe / comba: Fulcran from Bishop of Coutances. Mill.
    Farm near Blagdon Lake.

    Butleigh
    Bodechelie / Bodecaleia / Boduchelei / Boduccheleia: Roger de Courseulles from Glastonbury Church; Count of Mortain; formerly Winegot the Priest.
    Butleigh Court; monument on nearby Windmill Hill to Admiral Sir Samuel Hood (1724-1816).

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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