Hockwold-cum-Wilton in the year 1577...
The Muster of 1577
This is one of several Tudor Musters designed to see what resources the country could provide in the event of invasion or civil problems. There are 39 men listed as suitable for soldiers, and another 42 who are available as labourers. Unlike many other villages, no smiths or wheelwrights were found, very strange!
Spelling had not been invented at this time, and the use of capital letters varied according to taste. The forename Christopher is written as Xpofer, the X and p stand for the Greek letters chi and ro which are the first two letters for Christ as written in Greek. We still use Xmas for Christmas.
The 'cum' in Hockwold cum Wilton is the Latin word for 'with'. As is common in documents at this time, odd letters were missed off and an a small mark added instead, so cum has become cu'.
HOCKWOLD CU' WYLTON
....so what were these person's occupations in 1577...