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The snow is starting to thaw up in bedfordshire, it’s still a winter wonderland in hertfordshire!
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the first record of aspley occurs in 969, when land there comprising 15 hides was granted by king edgar (the peaceable) to his thegn (thain) alfwold.
by the time of the domesday book, 1086, the parish had 25 households, five of which were recorded as serfs, most of whom may not have been able to have their own households. the book notes it covered a large tract of agricultural land, valued at £10 to its overlords, though rendering only £8, and was held before the conquest by leofeva of earl waltheof. its contemporary manor owner was acard of ivry who held of hugh of beauchamp, its feudal overlord.
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