The method of administering monastic estates by Granges as self-contained agrarian units was the normal and distinguishing feature of the Cistercian Order. The abbey of Sibton had five such granges of which their Linstead property, consisting of 78 acres, was the smallest. The property probably consisted of the lands of present day Abbey Farm. It was recorded in the abbey's Extent of 1325 as follows:-


Fo. 8v Linstede

Extenta Grangie de Linstede facta anno regni regis Edwardi filii regis Edwardi xviij per eadem nomina que continentur in Cukeleye qui dicunt quod

Messuagium

Est ibidem unum mesuagium bene et sufficienter edificatum et continet unam acram et curtilagium et gardinum inde valet per annum xijd. Et pittellum iuxta mesuagium ex parte orientali continenti unam acram et valet per annum xijd. Et croftum ex parte aquilonari mesuagii inclusum continet duas acras terre et valet per annum ijs.

Summa iiij acre et valent per annum iiijs.

Terre dominice

Sunt ibidem de terra arabili ex alia parte mesuagii versus austrem viij acre et dimidiam acram et dimidiam rodam (sic) terre. Est eciam ibidem una acra terre per se que vocatur le Wechilond. Et due acre et una roda et dimidia et quinque perticate terre iuxta portam Dionisii Sarles abuttantes super eandem portam. Et septem acre terre vocate le Blake-lond et xxij acras (sic) terre iacentes a domo Dyonisii Sarles usque ad molendinum de Huntyngfeld et vocate Mikkelfeld. Et in quadem alia pecia terre continenti xj acras unam rodam duas perticatas et dimidiam quarum unum capud abuttat super mesuagium Johannis de Ruhaghe et aliud capud super terram domini de Huntyngfeld. Et quatuor acre et quatuor perticate terre vocate le Dedehilles. Et quinque acre terre abuttantes super predictas terras vocatas le Dedehilles. Et una acra terre iacens prope Pytellum Johannis de Ruhill. Et tres acre et dimidia roda et quatuordecim perticate et dimidia que vocantur Cratefeldlond ultra le Broc. Et tres rode et dimidia et quindecim perticate terre iacentes inter terras Johannis de Ruhagh. Et tres rode vocate le Buttes iacentes ibidem. Et triginta perticate iacentes per se iuxta le Grenemere.

Summa istius percelle lxvij acre j roda xxj perticate et valet per Medefeld annum xxxiijs. viijd ob. precium acre vjd. Sunt ibidem de terra arrabili in Medefeld septem acre que quondam fuerunt Alani Brond et dimitte-bantur ad firmam cuidam vidue per annum pro vijs.

Summa vijs.
Sunt ibidem de pastura seperabili dimidia acra de quadam via virida Pasture inter terras domini Abbatis et valet per annum xijd. Summa xijd. seperabihs

Summa terre arrabilis de Linstede lxxiiij acre j roda xxxj perticate (added at foot of Fo. 8v).

Summa valoris Grangie de Linstede per annum xlvs. viijd. ob. De quibus debentur aule de Huntyngfeld per annum de redditibus pro serviciis universis iijs. vjd. Et Johanni Daymon pro duabus acris terre iacentibus ad portam Dyonisii Sarles per annum unum clavum gariofoli.

Summa totius resolutionis per annum iijs. vjd. et unum clavum gariofoli.
Remanet xlijs. ijd. ob.

A summary translation of the above is:

LINSTEDE

1 messuage (house), well built. 1 acre. A pightle outside the messuage on the east side- 1 acre. 1 enclosed croft on the north side of the messuage- 2 acres.

Arable land- on south side of messuage- 8 and a hale acres, 1 rod.

1 acre- le Wechilond.

2 acres, 1 and a half rods, 5 perches next to the gate of Dionisius Sarles, abutting on the gate.

7 acres, called le Blakelond; 22 acres- Mikkelfeld- extending from the house of Dyonisius Sarles as far as the mill at Huntingfeld.

1 piece of land- 11 acres, 1 rod,. 2 and a half perches- one end abutting on the messuage of John de Ruhaghe and the other on the land of the lord of Huntingfeld.

4 acres, 4 perches- le Dedehilles.

5 acres abutting on the land called Dedehilles.

1 acre lying near the pightle of John of Ruhill.

3 acres, half a rod, 14 and a half perches- Cratefeldlond- beyond le Brok.

3 and a half rods, 15 perches- lying among the lands of John de Ruhagh.

3 rods- le Buttes- same place.
30 perches next to le Grenemere.

7 acres in Medefeld.

Pasture for hay- half an acre along a green way among the lands of the lord abbot.