Alfred of Spain

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Alfred of Spain was a Norman lord recorded in the Domesday Book. He held land mainly in Somerset but also in Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.[1] He was not from Spain but from Épaignes in Normandy. The Domesday scribes rendered his name into Latin as Alvredi De Ispania as a kind of word play[2] and in English his name is written variously Alfred or Alvred of or de Spain, Hispania or Ispania. It has been suggested that he may have built the castle at Nether Stowey or possibly an earlier one which has disappeared at Over Stowey.[3] Much of his land was the pre-conquest estate of a Saxon lord Alfwy although the important manor of Stowey had been held by King Harold.


  1. ^ "Open Domesday". Anna Powell-Smith. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. ^ Domesday Book, Somerset. Phillimore & Co. Ltd. 1980. p. 306. ISBN 978-0850333671.
  3. ^ A P Baggs; M C Siraut (1992). R W Dunning; C R Elrington (eds.). "Over Stowey: Manors and other estates". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6: Andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and neighbouring parishes). Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 18 June 2013.

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