William de Braose

was the Lord of Bramber Rape and Castle

Domesday Book

The Domesday book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror.

It is likely that the survey was intended to record the lands held by the King, and his court, after all the upheaval of the early years of the reign, where Normans gained much at the expense of the Anglo-Saxon lords. It is also one way in which William I could calculate taxes due to him.

The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties. Investigators had been sent throughout the land to gather information and this was the checked for reliability by others. The same questions were asked in every town, village and hamlet and the answers were recorded in Latin.
The translation reads;

William of Watteville holds HANGLETON from William. Azor held it from King Edward. Then it answered for 14 hides and 1 virgate; now for 8 hides. Land for 8 ploughs. In Lordship 2 ploughs;
31 villagers and 13 smallholders with 5 ploughs.
This land lay in (the lands of) Kingston, a manor of William of Braose.
Value before 1066 and now 10; when acquired 8

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