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PUNNING HILL 12-14-39 39883
THE MANOR AND LORDS OF STOKE
It is probable that no stock or stone now stands in the neighbourhood of Stoke Church as it stood when the manor was first enrolled in the Doomsday Survey of 1086.
Therein is recorded in full the number of hides of land (i.e., about 100 acres, the amount necessary for the support of a house), three arable and five pasture, held by six villeins, in addition to the forest land, which probably covered a far larger area.
William Fitz Ansculf held the manor, as tenant in capite—that is, direct from the Crown-at this time, its former owner, Sired the Saxon, vassal of Harold and "sokeman” (one who held land on a fixed tenure and could claim trial in the manorial court), having doubtless been ousted in favour of the great Norman Baron. Ditton was held with Stoke both by Sired and Fitz Ansculf; and until 1291 the manor was called Stoke Ditton, and appears as such in the Doomsday Survey.
The land was assessed at £5 gross and t3 net