The Duke Ailwyn gave to Ramsey Abbey the whole of the Isle of Ramsey, with its adjacent marshes and pools.
Also the Estate of Upwood, which had come to him as a gift* (from his Mother Alfwen who had been given Upwood by King Edgar, for looking after him in his childhood), with the fisheries of the neighbouring streams pertaining to it. Although during Ailwyns lifetime he kept his own Hall and household at Upwood , where he could hunt, fowl, and hawk among the woods and fen marshes. In addition he gave Raveley with Lordship and due service of it's men in perpetual inheritance.
He also gave everything which fell within his jurisdiction in Sawtry, also he gave the land of Hilgay (Norfolk), which was surrounded on all sides by waters and the deep ooze of marshes, with it's berewick Snore, because it was held outside of the island, and the nearby mill. He also gave to the church half of the fishery of the same place, and the other half to his sons.
He also gave 5 hides at Walsoken (Norfolk)and half of the fishery which belonged to him in Wella (Upwell and Outwell, Cambs) near to his death he gave the other half of the fishery and the dwellings and tofts of the fishermen.
For his own salvation and that of both his parents he gave to Ramsey the land of Brington which he had inherited after his father's death and 10 hides which he also inherited after his mother's death. This was the land at Weston which was given to Ailwyn's mother by King Edgar for looking after him as a foster-mother, when he was a baby.
Ailwyn also gave 10 hides at Gidding and Wedetone (Woodwalton?) he gave 7 hides at Stukeley and a certain part of 10 hides which he had at Toft for the soul of Ethelflaed his wife. Furthermore he gave land at Oakley, which had been left to him by a priest called Kinemund in his will.
He also gave 6 hides at Wangford (Suffolk), in addition he granted enduring rights to a meadow in Houghton and a mill. Ailwyn granted to Ramsey, land at Hemingford, which had been bought from St Ethelwold of Winchester, in exchange for land owned in Hatfield, he did this because of its closer proximity to Ramsey.
First among the other Benefactors were the family and friends of Alderman Ailwyn.
The following list is taken from the Monasticon:-
Other notable Benefactors were Kings Edgar, Edward the Martyr and Ethelred his brother-both sons of Edgar, Cnut, Hardecnut, Henry 1, Stephen, Henry 11, Richard 1, and John.
Of eminent clerics were Dunstan and Oswald, and other Abbots of Ramsey. Their gifts were ornaments for Churches and Estates, fisheries, tolls of markets and fairs, and even wreckages on the sea coast of Norfolk, bordering on the property there belonging to the Abbey.
Dugdale also tells us, that the Abbey owned the following list of Churches and Estates at the suppression of the Monasteries.
At that time Huntingdonshire was in the Diocese of Lincoln, and Ramsey owned the following Churches:-
The Abbey also had the Patronage of the Churches of Wistowe ( Wistow ), Stivecle ( Stukeley ), Giddynge Abbots, Cherfield, in the Diocese of Lincoln; and of Downham, Upwell and Walsoken in the Diocese of Norwich.
The extent of the Abbey Estates can be found in the Land section of this site.