Extract from Domesday Book 1086

(Modern English translation)

KEMPSTON answers for 10 hides. Land for 20 ploughs. The Countess holds it. In Lordship 2 hides. 4 ploughs there.  18 villagers have 12 ploughs; a further 4 possible. 12 smallholders and 8 slaves.

1 mill at 5s; meadow for 20 ploughs; woodland, 200 pigs; from pasture 2s.

Total value £18; when acquired £22; before 1066 £30.

Earl Gyrth held this manor. There also 2 thanes had 2 1/2 hides and 1 1/2 virgates; they could grant and sell to whom they would