Domesday Book of 1086
Sprowston's (Sprowestuna) entry in the Domesday Book was brief, but complete.
Lands of the King which Godric keeps
Sprowestuna was held by Edric TRE.
3 ploughlands or 3 curates.
Then 1 villein.
Then 6 bordars, now 5.
Then 1 plough on the demesne, afterwards and now half.
Then 2 ploughs belonging to the men, afterwards and now 1, and the others could be restored.
Wood for 6 swine.
Explanation of words
|curate||is said to be land, capable of being ploughed by a team of horses in one year.|
|villein||a tenant, a serf or a peasant|
|bordar||a villein of the lowest rank (Peasant) demesne estate|
|half||half a plough|
|Godric||was the Kings Dapifer (Steward).|