His life and books
Until the Harrying of the North, the campaign of deliberate destruction waged by William I, Pilsbury had been a valuable property. The entry in Domesday Book makes clear its worth in the days of King Edward the Confessor:
“In Pilesberie and Lodewelle Elsi had two carucates of land to the geld. Land for two ploughs. It is waste. There are twelve acres of meadow. In King Edward’s time it was worth ten shillings."
Ludwall is the neighbouring farm to the south. Elsi was the Anglo-Saxon land holder. A carucate is 120 acres. So there were formerly 240 acres to be taxed (the geld).