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The Historical Basis of a Friendship

In this Chapter the traditions about the life and times of Gilbert de Venables are outlined. They explain how and why the escapades of this particular Norman created a link between Venables, his home in Normandy, and his principal landholdings in Cheshire, which he held after the Norman Conquest of England. The following story is based on local tradition and folklore at the village of Venables, beside the River Seine, in Upper Normandy. It is supported by remains of the period which survive in the area, by traces of the Normans at Middlewich, and by information recorded in Domesday Book in 1086.