Sanctuary Seekers: The erroneous geography episode

On 7 February 1485 Richard Perpound of “Chipstede,” Essex [there is a Chipstead in Surrey, but I can’t find one in Essex…?] sought sanctuary at Durham Cathedral.

He confessed to the registrar that near Ipswich in the county of “Nothfolch,” he had stabbed gentleman Robert Hause on the arm with a wood knife. Ipswich is in Suffolk, not Norfolk (as Matthew Paris knew in the 13th century – spelled Gipewich here, lower right).


I guess from the vantagepoint of Durham all the southern counties were interchangeable. Hause died from the wound Perpound gave him, and so Perpound was granted sanctuary for homicide.

Sanctuarium Dunelmense, 12.

Both maps: Matthew Paris’s map of Britain, 13th century

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