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The County of Salisbury
Salisbury County, proper, consists of all the holdings of the Earl of Salisbury. This fief consists primarily of the city of Sarum and the large land area in Salisbury Plain around it. The fief is composed of good farmland, and provides other good forms of income for the count — fisheries, taxes on merchants, and tolls from the bridges. The county includes one large city, Sarum, which is described in detail below, three smaller walled cities (Wilton, Warminster, and Tilshead), and dozens of much smaller towns and villages that are not shown on the maps, but which are generally clustered in the river valleys around the cities. It has five castles. The one in Sarum is very strong, and is also behind the city walls; the other four ( Devizes/Borders, du Plain, Ebble, and Vagon) are common motte-and-bailey castles. Note that Amesbury Abbey is not part of the county, but is held by the Church. The castle of Llud’s Hall, whilst located within Salisbury geographically, belongs directly to the King.
Several towns and cities are cited in this description as “local markets.” This means that the local farmers bring their excess grain and livestock there to sell, and also go there to buy goods or produce that they do not make or grow. Sarum, however, is the central market and is the only place at which some types of goods are available for purchase. These include good cloth, clean salt, and anything from outside of the county. The roads shown on the maps are nearly all hardpacked dirt roads, the best travel routes available. Thus, there is no real road from Tilshead to Warminster, even though they are but 10 miles apart. Rather, rutted tracks and hunters’ trails connect these. The good roads are more heavily traveled, and the only ones used by travelers passing through the territory. The poor roads are less used, mainly by locals traveling within the region.
The Old Tracks have been known since the Bronze Age, and traverse high ground. Though they are usually dry, they are difficult for horses, which are reduced to traveling a mere 5 miles per day; hence, mainly peasants on foot use them.
The King’s Road runs through the territory from Levocamagus to Sarum, and then onward towards Dorchester. This used to be a Roman road, and is both wide and paved, though overgrown at the edges and with many tufts of grass cracked through its surface.
Hundreds and their manors, castles and towns
For a description of the breakdown on the land from kingdown down to manor, refer to: Kingdom, Counties, Hundreds and Below
Alder hundred - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Alder hundred was granted to Roderick, through inheritance from his father as Elector of the Supreme Collegium for the ancient city of Sarum. Within Alder lie the city of Sarum and the Castle of the Rock. The hundred court is held at the old Aldertree Manor. Alder consists mostly of farm and meadowland, reaching to the woodland of Thorngate and Chiefsfield to the east and south.
- Boscone – Enfoeffed by Lady Indeg
- West Earls
- Winterbourne Dauntsey
- Winterbourne Gunnet – Held by Sir Dalan
Ambrius - held by the Dilwyn, the Abbot of Ambrius Abbey
Ambrius hundred was granted by King Aurelius Ambrosius to Abbot Dilwyn to establish Ambrius Abbey. It is not subordinate to the count of Salisbury.
The hundred court takes place at Ambrius. Key landmarks are the ancient site of the Giants Dance (Stonehenge) and Ambrius Abbey.
Ambrius Abbey: Aurelius Ambrosius established this monastery, which is still supported by royal funds. It is a double-abbey, having facilities for both men and women. The royal castle of Llud’s Hall is also found in this hundred.
Stonehenge: This monumental structure was built by giants in ancient times and dedicated to the sun, stars, and ancestors. In consists of five concentric rings and horseshoes of standing stones and a few outlying stones, all surrounded by a mounded ditch. One generation ago, a great treachery occurred here when Vortigern the Traitor betrayed the nobles of Britain to the Saxons. Recently it was refurbished by Merlin the Enchanter, who re-established some of the old magic by stealing some great magical stones from Ireland. Now it is also the burial site for the first Pendragon, Aurelius Ambrosius, brother of Uther.
- Netheravon – held by Lady Gwiona
This hundred was granted by King Uther to Roderick as part of the barony of Anna’s Water and essentially forms the dowry of the lady Ellen. . It consists to a large extent of woodland, through which the royal road to Silchester passes. The hundred court is held at Anna’s Manor. This hundred includes the pagan site of Holyhill and the abbey of Monkstown.
- Grately – Enfoeffed by Lady Adwen
- Monxton – held by sir Kenian
- Newtown Tony
Barehill - held by the Earl of Salisbury
This hundred was granted by King Uther to Roderick as part of the barony of Anna’s Water and essentially forms the dowry of the lady Ellen. Both the Avon and Ebble river flow through this hundred making for fertile farmland in the low lying areas. The hilly area to the south is barren by comparison, and features Ebble Castle.This is an old motte-and-bailey castle made mostly of wood, but still serviceable in defense. It is the most southern settlement of the county. The hundred court is held at Britford at the Avon river. To the south and east lies Camelot forest, out of which menaces frequently appear.
- Coombe Bisset – held by lady Indeg
Beautyfields – held by Beautyfields Priory
This hundred has been granted by the king to the Priory of Beautyfields. Therefore is is not under the Earl of Salisbury’s control. It consists of the Priory and the meadowland surrounding it.
Birchford - held by the Earl of Salisbury
This hundred spans the valley of the Nadder river from the king’s road and Bran’s Hill hundred to the north, to Ebble hundred in the south. It has passable farmland with scattered woodland. The hundred court is held at the town of Beaverspoint.
Boarwood - Free manor
The Boarwood free manor has been granted by King Uther directly to it’s holder. It is not part of the earl of Salisbury’s domain.
Bran’s Hill - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Bran’s Hill hundred was granted to Salisbury as part of the original Honour of Sarum Upon the Rock. THis hundred stetches along the king’s road leading west from Sarum, north of the road and across the Wylye river. It’s fertile farmland make it one of the richer hundreds of Salisbury. The hundred court is held at Eagletown. This hundred contains the market town of Floodriver.
- Little Longford
- Stapleford – held by sir Briant
- Wylye – held by sir Tristan
Chalkhill - leased by the King to the Bishop of Venta
Named after the chalk mine it contains, this hundred has been leased by the King directly to the bishop of Venta. Thus, it is not part of the earl of Salisbury’s domain. The spring of the Ebble river is found in this hundred, as is the stone circle at Broad Chalke, where the hundred court is held. The pasture land at the spring of the Nadder river is an outlier of this hundred. The hundred is not densely populated.
- Chalke – held by count Roderick
- Ebbesbourne Wake
Chiefsfield - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Chiefsfield is a small hundred, part of the Anna’s Water barony, received by the count of Salisbury as part of the dowry of lady Ellen. It lies within the woods of Camelot Forest and only contains a few manors. The hundred court is held at the White Church.
- Chiefsfield manor
Dovesfield - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Dovesfield hundred was granted to Salisbury as part of the original Honour of Sarum Upon the Rock. This hundred spans the rolling plains to the north of Bran’s Hill hundred. At the head of the Till river lies the market town of Streamfield, also known as Tilshead. Sir Amig has recently been appointed as castellan of Streamfield. Most of the manors in this hundred lie along the Till river.
- Barleyfield (Berwick)
- Chitterne – held by lady Adwen
- Winterbourne Stoke
Ebble - Free manor, held by the Earl of Salisbury
This estate has been granted as a free manor by the King to the earl of Salisbury as part of an ancient right by an ancestor of the current earl.
Elmstump - held by the Earl of Salisbury
The hundred of Elmstump was inherited by the earl of Salisbury from his father, but seperately from Sarum on the Rock, against a very reasonable rent. the hundred court is held at Downriver Tump.
- East Chisenbury
- Enford – held by lady Indeg
- Ettleton – enfoeffed by lady Adwen
- West Chisenbury
Hillfarm - held by the Duke of Clarence
Hillfort - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Named after the ancient fort found in these hills, Hillfort hundred spans the hills around thethe Nadder river and edging on the Gilded Wood. It was granted to Salisbury as part of the original Honour of Sarum Upon the Rock. The land in this area is an even mix between farmland down by the river and pastures further up the hills. The hundred court is held at Dunworth copse. The Nadder river is known because of its clear waters and abundance of brown trout. By a lake on a tributary of the Nadder river lies the small settlement of Ramstown.
- Dinton – held by sir Lucas
Kingsguard - held by the King
This hundred is held by the King and this is not part of the earl of Salisbury’s domain. Within this hundred lies, at the head of the Avon river, the large and unwalled town of Magpie (Upavon) that serves as the local market for the farmers of this hundred. Most of the manors are located in the valley of the river Bourne.
- Southcott – Enfoeffed by lady Indeg
- Wilton – held by lady Indeg
Mere - held by Sir Edaris, the Duke of the Marche
This hundred historically was an outlier of the dukedom of the Marche. In recent times it was claimed by Summerland, until Sir Edaris retook the lands in 482 A.D. The hundred court is held at Mere Manor.
Milkfield - held by the Count of Gentian (Marlborough)
This hundred historically was part of the county of Gentian (Marlborough). In recent times it was claimed by Summerland, until in 482 A.D. Gentian joined forces with the Marche and Salisbury to retake their historic claims. The hundred court is held at Milkfield.
- Great Cheverell
Roedeer - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Roedeer hundred was granted to Salisbury as part of the original Honour of Sarum Upon the Rock. The hundred court is held at Great Roedeer. It’s northern border is formed by the massive earthworks known as Ambrosius’ Dyke. The market town of Devises (Borders) with it’s motte-and-bailey castle forms the beating heart of this hundred.
- Market Lavington
- Orchestron - held by sir Cloyd
Studfold - held by Caercolun
This hundred is an outlier of the county of Caercolun. The hundred court is in Springfount.
Swans - held by baron Staterius of Thornbush Castle (Silchester)
This hundred is held by the Baron of Thornbush Castle in neighbouring Silchester. It therefore is not part of the earl of Salisbury’s domain. The hundred court is held at Restwell. Within this hundred the abbeye of St. Peters is to be found.
Thorngate - held by the Earl of Salisbury
- Buckholt Hill
- Duplain Castle
- Broughton _- held by sir Colbert
- Middle Wallop - previously held by lady Elaine
- Nether Wallop
- Over Wallop
Underditch - held by the Earl of Salisbury
- Windryders Dyke
- Manors: Durnford, Lake, Normanton, Stratford, Wilsford, Woodford
Vagon - held by the Earl of Salisbury
- Castle Vagon
- Woodhouse castle
- Manors: Chittern Anstey, Boyton, Codford, Corton, Fisherton, Sherrington, Sutton Veny, Tytherington
Wereside _- held by baron Duach of Wereside _
- Wereside (market town)
- Manors: Bishoptrow, Heytesbury, Knook, Norton Bavant, Warminster town,
Westfort - held by the Earl of Salisbury
Wheelwell - held by the Earl of Salisbury
- Manors: Imber, Little Cheverell, West Lavington
- Allington – Ambrius hundred
- Allington – Swans hundred
- Aughton – Ambrius hundred
- Alvediston – Chalkhill hundred
- Barford – Birchford hundred
- Barton – Bran’s hill hundred
- Baverstock (Beaverspoint) – Birchford hundred
- Bedwyn – Kingsguard hundred
- Berwick (Barleyfield) – Dovesfield hundred
- Biddesden – Anna’s Water hundred
- Bishopstrow – Wereside hundred
- Bishopstone – Ebble hundred
- Boscone – Alder hundred – Enfoeffed by lady Indeg
- Boyton – Vagon hundred – held by lady Adwen
- Broughton – Thorngate hundred – held by Colbert
- Buckholt – Thorngate hundred
- Bunton – Elmstump hundred
- Burcombe (Bridesvale) – Birchford hundred
- Chalke – Chalkhill hundred
- Chicksgrove – Hillfort hundred
- Chitterne – Dovesfield hundred – held by lady Adwen
- Chittern Anstey – Vagon hundred
- Cheverell Parva – Wheelwell hundred
- Clarendon – Barehill hundred
- Cholderton (Coldtown) – Anna’s Water hundred
- Codford – Vagon hundred – Enfoeffed by lady Adwen
- Coombe – Elmstump hundred
- Coombe Bisset – Ebble hundred – held by lady Indeg
- Corton – Vagon hundred
- Compton – Elmstump hundred
- Dinton – Birchford hundred – held by Lucas
- Deptford – Bran’s Hill hundred
- Durnford (Hiddenford) – Underditch hundred – held by lady Elaine
- Durrington – Ambrius hundred
- East Chisenbury – Elmstump hundred
- Ebbesbourne Wake – Chalkhill hundred – Enfoeffed by lady Adwen
- Ebble castle, Ebble hundred
- Enford – Elmstump hundred – held by lady Indeg
- Ettleton – Elmstump hundred
- Figheldean – Ambrius hundred
- Fisherton – Vagon hundred
- Falt – Alder hundred
- Ford – Alder hundred
- Grafton – Kingsguard hundred
- Grately – Anna’s Water hundred – Enfoeffed by lady Adwen
- Great Cheverell – Milkfield hundred
- Grimstead – Chiefsfield hundred -
- Harnham – Bran’s Hill hundred
- Haxton – Elmstump hundred
- Heytesbury – Wereside hundred
- Hillcot – Swans hundred
- Horton – Studfold hundred
- Idmiston (Iderstown) – Alder hundred
- Imber – Wheelwell hundred
- Kimpton – Thorngate hundred
- Knook – Wereside hundred – held by baron Duach
- Lake – Underditch hundred – previously held by lady Elaine
- Laverstock (Lark’s Nest) – Barehill hundred
- Little Cheverell – Wheelwell hundred – previously held by lady Elaine
- Little Longford – Bran’s Hill hundred
- LIttleworth – Kingsguard hundred
- Longhedge – Alder hundred
- Manningford – Kingsguard hundred
- Market Lavington – Roedeer hundred
- Marston – Roedeer hundred
- Melksham – Milkfield hundred
- Middle Wallop – Thorngate hundred – previously held by lady Elaine
- Milston – Ambrius hundred
- Monxton (Monk’s Town) – Anna’s Water – held by sir Kenian
- Nether Wallop – Thorngate hundred
- Netheravon – Ambrius hundred – held by lady Gwiona
- Newton – Bran’s Hill hundred
- Newtown Tony – Anna’s Water
- Normanton – Underditch hundred
- Norton Bavant – Wereside hundred – held by baron Duach
- Orchestron – Roedeer hundred – held by sir Cloyd
- Over Wallop – Thorngate hundred
- Oxenwood – Kingsguard hundred
- Pewsey – Kingsguard hundred
- Pitton (Pittown) – Alder hundred
- Porton – Alder hundred
- Roundway – Roedeer hundred
- Seend – Milkfield hundred – Enfoeffed by lady Adwen
- Sherrington – Vagon hundred
- Shrewton – Dovesfield hundred
- Southcott – Kingsguard hundred – Enfoeffed by lady Indeg
- Stanton – Swans hundred
- Stapleford (Steeple Longford) – Bran’s Hill hundred – held by sir Briant
- Stockington – Bran’s Hill hundred
- Stoford – Bran’s Hill hundred
- Stratford – Underditch hundred
- Sutton – Hillfort hundred
- Sutton Veny – Vagon hundred
- Teffort – Hillfort hundred – held by lady Gwiona
- Tidcombe – Kingsguard hundred
- Tidworth – Anna’s Water hundred
- Tisbury – Hillfort hundred
- Tytherington – Vagon hundred
- Upavon town – Elmstump hundred
- Warminster Town – Wereside hundred
- West Chisenbury – Elmstump hundred
- West Lavington – Wheelwell hundred – held by sir Hywel
- West Earls – Alder hundred
- Wilford – Swans hundred
- Wilsford – Underhditch hundred
- Wilton – Kingsguard hundred – held by lady Indeg
- Wilton town (Floodriver town) – Barehill hundred
- Winterbourne Gunnet (winterstream) – Alder hundred – held by Dalan
- Winterbourne Dauntsey – Alder hundred
- Winterbourne Stoke (winterstream farm) – Dovesfield hundred
- Winterslow – Ambrius hundred
- Woodborough – Swans hundred
- Woodford – Underditch hundred – held by Luc
- Wylye – Bran’s Hill hundred – held by Tristan