About this time Abbot Ceolred of Medhamsted, with the concurrence of the monks, let to hand the land of Sempringham to Wulfred, with the provision, that after his demise, the said land should revert to the monastery; that Wulfred should give the land of Sleaford to Medhamsted, and should send each year into the monastery 60 loads of wood, 12 loads of coal, 6 loads of peat, 2 tuns full of fine ale, 2 neats' carcasses, 600 loaves, and 10 kilderkins of Welsh ale; 1 horse also each year, and 30 shillings, and one night's entertainment. This agreement was made in the presence of King Burhred, Archbishop Ceolnoth, Bishops Tunbert, Kenred, Aldhun, and Bertred; Abbots Witred and Wertherd, Aldermen Ethelherd and Hunbert, and many others.
From: James Ingram, trans., Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1917), p. 61, reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (New York: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), p. 61.
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