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The Domesday Book 1086 AD

There is an entry in the Domesday Book for STOCHE.

It is under the entries for the land of the King's Officers.

... Croc ten dimid hid in Stoche.Tra.e dimid car.Valet.x.sol ...

... Croc the huntsman holds half a hide (about 60 acres) in STOCHE. Land for half a plough. Value 10 shillings. ...
Croc "venator"; or huntsman occurs in a charter from William the Conqueror to the Abbot of Malmesbury in reference to the Abbot's woods in the forest of BRADENE. It is possible that this small holding was in the immediate vicinity of the estate just described, which was Chelworth, the next village to Purton Stoke.

It could also refer to Bradenstoke - they have the stronger claim - except that they were known as "Bradenstoke" before 1086.

ref Britannia by William Camden: Wiltshire (published in 1616)

The Avon, bending it’s course southward from hence, runs near Bradenstoke;Bradenstoke. the same Place, without doubt, to which Ęthelwold carry’d his devastations, in the year 905. At which time, Brompton says, he put to military execution all Brithendune, (i.e. all in Bradon-forest) as far as Brandestok; or, as Higden more rightly calls it, Bradenestoke; so that Polydore Virgil, Holinshed, Speed, and our late Historians, are much mistaken, in asserting this to be Basingstoke in Hamshire.?

William the Conqueror and Croc were both born in the village of Falaise in Normandy.
Renaud Croc fought with William and was rewarded with 9 places after the Conquest.


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