Before and After the Conquest - Sources

i. The origin of the name ‘Badsell’ is not known but this is the explanation given in ‘The place names of Kent’ by J K Wallenbery publ 1934 and seems more likely than the alternatives. Judith Glover’s book ‘The Place Names of Kent’ ascribe the origins of the name to ‘Beada’s miry place’ after the Old English ‘Beadan syle’. An alternative possibility is given in ‘The Jutish Forest’ by K P Witney, where the author suggests that the source of the name came from the shelter of a herdsman known as Bad.

ii. We know from the Doomsday Book that the land previously belonged to Eddeva who ‘held it of the King.’ William the Conqueror did not recognise Harold as a King, merely as an Earl. Edward the Confessor’s consort Queen Eddeva certainly owned the local village of Hadlow, subsequently associated with Badsell, until 1066.


iv. There are no contemporary records giving the reason for Odo’s arrest but a twelfth century document states that he was, incredibly, trying to seize the papal chair and that he had induced knights from England to join him on an expedition to Italy (see Ordericus Vitalis, Historia Ecclesiastica, ed. A. le Prevost, iii, p.189; William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum, ii, p.334;

v. Great Domesday Book Folio 7v.

vi. Textus de Ecclesia Roffensi per Ernulphum episcopum (The Book of the Church of Rochester through Bishop Ernulf). Complied in 1122 – 1123 the Textus Roffensis is a collection of documents recording Anglo-Saxon laws and Rochester Cathedral registers. Unfortunately there is no translation of this. The only entry that I have found, refers to ‘Theudelei’. Hasted says that the Textus Rossensis (sic) refers to Thudelei. This may be an error or there may be a further entry that I have not discovered. Hasted’s entry for Badsell has been misinterpreted; his narrative describing the locations (It is a very obscure and unfrequented place…) is I believe his own contemporary description, not a description contained in the Textus Roffensi.