chanced to survive on the parchment cover of an Otford
court-roll belonging to Elizabeth’s reign.1 It is a hasty
scrawl, but provides a comparison interesting enough to reproduce here
A mesurement of the demeanes of Otteforde anno vij° H.viij.
In Estfeld lyeng frome the lompytt and the path way leding frome
Otteforde to Seale uppon the hill ward, 62 acres 8 dayworks 3 perches.
In Northfeld in one pece called the Eighteen acre there is
18 acres 18˝ dayw.
In a nother feld called the 14 acres there is 14 a. and no
In Whythill there is.. . ˝ a. 3 dayw. 3 p.
In the Faston there is 43a. 7 dayw. 1 p.
In a feld called the Combe and that half (?) to the hill
there is in one pece lieng in le[n]ght toward Shorham 66˝ a. 6˝ dayw.
In another pece lyeng in the bottom under Coridlebushe (?)
there is 10 a. 15˝ dayw.
Item in the fosse Undergrenhill called the Drowwaye [Droveway]
for the farmershope there is 2 a. 3 dayw.
Item in a nother pece that is the hanger and side of the
Mydlehill and so compasse [sic] the side of Stomblebussh and the
Shotte above Cradlebushe there is 25 a. 12 dayw.
Item in 2 peces mowe that lyeth at the Foxe.. . and
Blackbushe, and boundith to the Highways leding from
toward Woodland there is 15 a., and 1 a. lyeng between the parsons 3 a.
and Mr. Palmer.
The sum of acres with the Combe 120˝ a. 7 dayw., beside 31
a. that I cannott calle to mynd.
Item there is in Oxenlease 10˝ a.
Item there is in Little Newe Park as to met him [measure
it] square 26 a. 18 dayw.
Item there is in Gret New Park as we met him in 2 parts
without the diche of the mede called Multon 60˝ a. 14˝ dayw.
Item there is taken into the mede that was Gret Nupark 3 a.
and 5 the. . . of the 2 nuparks and Oxenlease is 100 a. 3 r[ods] 2 dayw.
Item there is in Wickham 24 a. 3 r. 5 dayw. 7 p.
Item there is in the medes called the Blosse medes 7˝ a. 8
dayw. and thereof in 2 parks. . . must have one. . . and then hath the
lond in Redbrok 3 r. 6 dayw.
Item there is in Mylton mede as far . . . now within the
diche 16˝ a., and thereof the tenants hath one acre.
Item there is in the . . . mede 8 a., and the tenants have
1 a. 15 dayw.
Although this description is in places obscure or
defective, a general comparison with the description of the thirteenth
century is possible.
L’Isle and Dudley MSS, Roll 478. I am indebted to Viscount De L’Isle,
V.0., for his kind permission to make use of his family papers