History

The history of the parish can be traced back to the Domesday Book entry of 1086 which mentions Herefordingberie. "Stronghold of the people of Hertford". Old English -inga-a- burh (dative byrig).

"Ralph himself holds Herefordingberie. It is assessed at 5 hides. There is land for 10 ploughs. In demesne are 3 hides and 1 virgate, and there are 2 ploughs, and there can be a third. There 5 villans with 1 Frenchman and 6 bordars have 5 ploughs, and there can be 2 more. There are 11 cottars and 4 slaves, and 2 mills rendering 6s, meadow for 3 ploughs, pasture for the livestock of the vill and woodland for 200 pigs. From woodland pasture, 7s. In all it is worth £8; when received, £6; TRE £10. Alwine, a thegn of Earl Harold, held this manor and could sell."

Other mentions in the Domesday book include:

"In Panshanger [Blachemene] Geoffrey of Runeville holds 1 hide from Geoffrey [de Bec]. There is land for 2 ploughs. In demesne 1; another possible. There is 1 villager and 2 smallholders. Meadow for 2 ploughs; pasture for the livestock; woodland for 40 pigs. The value of this land is and was 15s; TRE [before 1066] 40s. Two thanes of King Edward's held this land; they could sell."

"In Epcombs [Thepecampe] a priest holds ∏ hide, of the King's alms. There is land for 1 plough; it is there, with 2 slaves. Meadow for 1 plough; 1 mill at 12d. The value of this land is and was 15s; TRE [before 1066] 20s. He held it himself TRE and still holds it, in alms."

"In Roxford [Rochesforde] the priest Guy holds ∏ hide from Geoffrey [de Bec]. There is land for 1∏ ploughs. In demesne 1; ∏ possible. There are 3 smallholders. 1 mill at 5s; meadow for 1 plough; pasture for the livestock; woodland for 50 pigs. In total, the value is and was 15s; TRE [before 1066] 20s. Godwin, a thane of King Edward's, held this land; he could sell."

There are several historical websites of local interest: