Cllr Eleanor Rylance

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1000 years ago

by cllreleanorrylance on 21 August, 2018

Doing some research the other day for a planning application response, I chanced upon the entry for the Cliston Hundred in the Domesday Book. It is very sobering to realise that Broadclyst was already a “very large” settlement in the 11th century, with 83 households, but that there were other almost as large settlements around, that have since disappeared or are now tiny hamlets much smaller than they were then. Rockbeare was also “very large” at 35 households, Poltimore also “very large” with 36 households.
Clyst Honiton was “quite small” at 9 households, Clyst St Lawrence “quite large” at 30 households. In the area of the modern day Westwood, there were several medium sized settlements of around 15 households each. Clyst Hydon was “quite large” at 22 households.

You can click on each little pin and find out how many ploughing teams there were in each village, and how much money they paid in tax.

The most fascinating thing is that Broadclyst Ward essentially still pretty much matches the boundary of the old Cliston Hundred and will do so until Cranbrook and Rockbeare become a separate ward at the next local elections in May 2019.

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