Domesday Totterdown

The area today that is known as Totterdown was once part of the Manor of Knowle; called Canole in the Doomsday book, the manor was quite small and its first Norman lord, Osberne Giffard. Osberne held lands in Gloucestershire where he built a castle.
The Manor of Knowle was too small to support a household for someone as powerfull as Osberne Giffard and it would have been administered from Osberne’s Court at Brimpsfield near Gloucester. Before the Normans took over, Canole was in the hands of a Saxon called Alnoth and it seems likely that a small settlement had grown up in Saxon times; by the time of the Domesday survey of 1086 this amounted to perhaps just 11 families.