Wyrtig

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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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Complete bounds from Charter S644

Charter Landscapes of Early Medieval England
 

þis synd þara V hida land gemæru æt alfestune

These are the five hide-land boundaries
at Alfestune

ærest on hring wylle of hring wylle duddingdene

first to round pool from round pool [to/in] Dudding valley

andlang denes on þa ealdan mær dic

along valley to the old boundary dyke

andlang dice west on gerihte on smita pull

along dyke west right to muddy pool

of smita pylle west rihte on blaca ford

from muddy pool west right to shining [white water?] ford

of blaca forda innan hreodham

from shining ford into reed hamlet

of hreodhamme on cildes hammes west ende

from reed hamlet to Cilde’s hamlet’s west end

þonne norð on gerihte to hreodwican
on þa ealdan stræt and lang stræt to norðwican

thence north right to reed dwellings
to the old street
along street to north dwellings

 

of norðwican eft and lang strete to billes ham

from north dwellings again along street to Bille’s hamlet

of billes hamme eft on gerihte innan myccla pyll

from Bille's hamlet again right to great pool

of myccla pylle on smala pyll

from great pool to small pool

andlang pylles on hwita gærstune

along pools to fair garden

of hwita gæstune on ða mær dic

from fair garden to the boundary dyke

andlang dice to mormæde norð hyrnan

along dyke to moor meadow north corner

þonn norð rihte on ða dic innan hola pyll

thence north right to the dyke beside hollow pool

and lang hola pylles eft on ða mær dic

along hollow pool again to the boundary dyke

ðonne eft be ðære dic to ðær stanenan bricge

thence again along dyke to the stone bridge

of þære bricge suð innan wærbyrdes croft

from the bridge south beside Wærbyrde’s farm

eall on buton eft on þa mær dic

all the way past again to the boundary dyke

and lang dic to mærcumbe

along dyke to boundary valley

and lang cumbes midwerd to ðære ealdan stræt

along valley midway to the old street

andlang stræte to beadan healan

along street to Beada’s hall

of beadan healan est rihtes innan rige cumb

from Beada’s hall right into rye valley

norðe wærd to þære smalan æc

northward to the small oak

of þære æc andlang cumbes to pislege

from that oak along valley to pea meadow

of pislege on doggiþorn

from pea meadow to dogthorn

of þam þorne to eadingham

from that thorn to Eading hamlet

of þam hamme to fotmæle

from that hamlet to foot basin

of fotmæle est rihtes on wulfputt

from foot basin right to wolf pit

of þam pytte on ða wogan æc

from that pit to the twisted oak

of ðære ac on þa foryrðe eastewerde æt langalege

of langalege to wulfhricge

from the oak to the plowland eastward
to long meadow
from long meadow to wolf ridge

of wulfhricge to grenhylle of þam hylle to mannes dæle

from wolf ridge to green hill from that hill
to Manne’s dale

of mannes dæle to æccelcumbes heafdan

from Manne’s dale to cool valley’s head

þanon west rihtes on þa ealdan stan reawe to þare ealdan bec

thence west right to the old stone row
to the old brook

of ðare bec innan cucan healas on ðone æsc

from the brook to Cucan’s hall to the ash

of þam æsce on scypa cumb to þam broke

from the ash to cow-stall valley to the brook

andlang brokes to ðam gemære

along brook to the boundary

þonne þar norðrihtes andlang ludescumbes

from there north right along Lude’s valley

to þam ealdan herepaðe

to the old high road

west andlang herepaðes to ælla treowe

west along high road to alder/olive [ællre/æle?] tree

on hola wæg of hola wæige to hafoc hylle

to hollow way from hollow way to hawk hill

of hafoc hylle be þare ealdan dic eft on hring wylle

from hawk hill to the old dyke
again to round pool


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