Prebendaries: Wilsford and Woodford

Pages 106-107

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 4, Salisbury. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1991.

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Wilsford among lands of earl Hugh of Chester 1086 (DB I 68d). Church of Wilsford (Wilts.) (fn. 1) gr. to cans. by bp. Osmund 1091 (carta), conf. by pope 26 Nov. 1146 (PUE II no. 53 p. 209). Settlement with earl of Chester over tithes of chapel of Wilsford, before 1153 (see Roger, below). So presum. by this time Wilsford a chapel of Woodford (now Middle Woodford, not in DB), immediately to the south of Wilsford. Woodford bp.'s manor by c. 1210 (Interdict Docs. pp. 16, 20).

Preb. prob. in existence c. 1150 (Psalter list). Called preb. Woodford 1187 and chiefly throughout 13th century, although called Wilsford c. 1270 (C. 461). Preb. consisted of church of Woodford, with chapel of Wilsford, lands and tithes (see IV/E.5/Prebend of Woodford & Wilsford/1; VCH Wilts. VI 216-17; Reg. Gandavo II 778), and possibly land in Stratford-sub-Castle (Old Sarum)(see Cart. St Denys Southampton, ed. E. O. Blake (Southampton Rec. ser., xxiv, xxv, 1981) II no. 408, cf. ibid. no. 405).

Dcn.-preb.; decani side; term of residence c. 1270: Apr.-June.


1220s 20m.; 1226 20m.; c. 1284 15m.; 1291 £20



Occ. once only, before 1153, as succentor, receiving gr. of certain tithes belonging to chapel of Wilsford (IV/E.5/Prebend of Woodford & Wilsford/2, pd. HMC Var. Coll. I 370-1, also pd. RSO I 265 but wrongly assigned to 'c. 1229').

Preb. 'Wudeford', presum. vacant, accounted for £4 4s. 9d. in 1187 (PR 33 Hen. II p. 187).

M. Robert de Hertford

First occ. as can., sent to dioc. Ely to collect alms for the new cathedral, Dec. 1219 (RSO II 12). Chanc. by 20 Sept. 1220, dean by 24 Feb. 1237/8 (lists 4, 2). Occ. this preb. as chanc. Oct. 1226 × Feb. 1227 (app. 1), and as dean 19 Apr. 1244 and 21 Sept. 1256 (Sar. Stats. p. 82; IV/E.5/Prebend of Woodford & Wilsford/1). D. as dean 9 Feb. 1257 (Chron. Maj. V 616, and see list 2).

Gerard de Grandisson

Archdcn. of Dorset (list 7); predecessor of Matthew de Cara in this preb. (see below). Bp. of Verdun, prov. 1275, before June, cons. 29 March 1276 (Eubel I 530).

Matthew de Cara alias Carozolis

Nephew of Berard of Naples (preb. Durnford, list 29), prov. 11 July 1275 to canonry and preb. vacated by Gerard de Grandisson, bp.-el. of Verdun (Rymer I (2) 526; cf. Reg. Gandavo I 170, where in 1305 he was said to have been coll. '40 years ago'). Occ. this preb. May-June 1284 (app. 2). D. as this preb. 'decrepit and full of days' by 2 Nov. 1305 (Reg. Gandavo I 170). (fn. 1)


  • 1. Underditch hundred, near Amesbury; not to be confused with Wilsford in Swanborough hundred.
  • 2. To be distinguished from man of same name, junior, who was claiming this preb. 2 Nov. 1305, Reg. Gandavo I 170-1, and who is called M. Matthew de Carolis of Naples in 1309, ibid. II 708-9; CPR 1307-13 p. 101.