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a small manor of two taxable hides in Saxon times. Whereas it had then been unproductive, at the date of the Survey there were two ploughs in the demesne, and the borough attached to the castle yielded 71. Here we have another instance of the planting of a borough close to a castle, and of the revenue which was thus obtained.
There is a very large and high motte at Wigmore Castle, of oval shape, on a headland which has been cut off by a deep ditch. The earthen banks of its first fortification still remain, enclosing a small ward, but on
op of them is a wall in masonry, and the ruins of a polygonal keep;' also the remains of two mural towers. Half-way down the end of the headland, below the motte, is a small square court, which may have been the original bailey ; below it, again, is a larger half-moon bailey furnished with walls and towers. But the whole area covered is only 1 acre. The masonry is none of it earlier than the Decorated period, except one tower in the bailey wall which may be late Norman. WINCHESTER,
Hants. — We include Winchester among the castles mentioned
in Domesday Book, because we think it can be proved that the domus regis mentioned under Alton and Clere is the castle built by William outside the west gate of the city, where the present County Hall is now almost the only remaining relic of any castle at all.? Under the head of “Aulton"
Aulton” we are told that the abbot of
1 This keep rests on a broad extension of the earthen rampart, similar to what is still to be seen in the mottes of Devizes, Burton-in-Lonsdale, and William Hill, Middleham.
2 Ordericus says: “Intra mænia Guentæ, opibus et munimine nobilis urbis et mari contiguæ, validam arcem construxit, ibique Willelmum Osberni filium in exercitu suo precipuum reliquit.” II., 166. The intra mænia is not to be taken literally, any more than the mari contigua. It is strange that Mr Freeman should have mistaken Guenta for Norwich, since under 1067 Ordericus translates the Winchester of the A.-S. C. by Guenta.
Hyde had unjustly gotten the manor in exchange for the king's house, because by the testimony of the jurors it was already the king's house. That excambio domus regis should read excambio terræ domus regis is clear from the corresponding entry under Clere, where the words are pro excambio terræ in qua domus regis est in civitate. The matter is put beyond a doubt by the confirmatory charter of Henry I. to Hyde Abbey, where the king states that his father gave Aulton and Clere to Hyde Abbey in exchange for the land on which he built his hall in the city of Winchester. Where, then, was this hall, which was clearly new, since fresh land was obtained for it, and which must not therefore be sought on the site of the palace of the Saxon kings? The Liber Winton, a roll of Henry I.'s time, says that twelve burgesses' houses had been destroyed and the land was now occupied by the king's house. Another passage says that a whole street outside the west gate was destroyed when the king made his ditch. These passages justify the conclusion of Mr Smirke that the king's house at Winchester was neither more nor less than the castle which existed until the 17th century outside the west gate. Probably the reason why it is spoken of so frequently in the earliest documents as the king's house or hall, instead of the castle, is that in this important city, the ancient capital of Wessex, where the
1 “De isto manerio testatur comitatus quod injuste accepit [abbas) pro excambio domus regis, quia domus erat regis.” D. B., i., 43a, I.
Ibid., i., 43a, 2. 3 “Sicut rex Willielmus pater meus ei dedit in excambium pro terra illa in qua ædificavit aulam suam in urbe Winton. Mon. Ang., ii., 444.
4 “Pars erat in dominio et pars de dominio abbatis ; hoc totum est post occupatum in domo regis.” P. 534. This passage throws light on the fraud of the abbot of Hyde, referred to above.
6 "Extra portam de Vuest ... ibi juxta fuit quidam vicus ; fuit diffactus quando rex fecit facere suum fossatum.” P. 535.
6 Arch. Inst., Winchester volume, p. 51.