Oddington “Noble Land” – 1869


The Oddington “Noble of Land” 

Extract from the diary of Thomas Hearne, published in 1869

“Apr. 12. Being yesterday walking between Ferry Hinksey and Botley in Berks, farmer Kirby of Ferry Hinksey told me, that at Oddington nr. Islip in Oxfordshire, what in other places is called a yard-land, they call a noble of land, saying such a parcel of ground consists of so many nobles of land instead of so many yard-land. This farmer Kirbey lived three or four years since at Oddington. He married his wife from Hinksey, and this makes him live there