|Also Known As:||"Eanoth Alnod De Crepon", "Harding de Meriet", "Thane of Gloucester", "Eadnoth the Staller"|
|Death:||Died in Bleadon, Somerset, England|
|Occupation:||Abbot of Ramsey and Bishop of Dorchester|
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Eadnoth the Constable,(died 1068) also known as Eadnoth the Staller, was an Anglo-Saxon landowner and steward to Edward the Confessor and Harold II, mentioned in Domesday Book as having 30 holdings in Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire before the Norman conquest. He may also have been the same person as Eadnoth of Ugford, also known as Alnoth. Eadnoth was killed at Bleadon in 1068, leading a force against the two sons of Harold II, who had invaded Somerset. His son Harding became sheriff reeve of Bristol and one of his grandsons was Robert Fitzharding who became lord of Berkeley.
Eadnoth the Staller was one of England’s most significant quislings: an Anglo-Saxon official and landowner who nonetheless took up service with the new Norman regime, after 1066. As a ‘staller’ (a title introduced under the Danish king Cnut and reserved for the wealthiest thegns enjoying the king’s intimate favour), Eadnoth occupied a prominent role at the court of Edward the Confessor.
Royal steward and justice in the early 1060s, with estates scattered across five of the counties of Wessex, Eadnoth made his peace with William of Normandy after the battle of Hastings, and served as an agent of Norman rule in Somerset. He died in 1068, in a skirmish fought near the Severn estuary, repelling an abortive attempt by the sons of the late King Harold to seize Bristol.
The vast majority of his estate, worth £100 or more, was used for the endowment of the future earldom of Chester. At least six manors, however, were acquired by his son, Harding son of Eadnoth, ancestor of the Fitz Harding family of Bristol, future lords of the great honour and castle of Berkeley. The present Lord Berkeley is himself a very distant descendant and still sits in the House of Lords as a life peer, under the title Lord Gueterbock.