Palaeographical terms
These descriptions provided here are rather basic and unsophisticated ones.

duct: the stroke of the pen
bole: a rounded part of a character, as in a or b or d
ascender: the upward stroke of a character as in b, l, h
descender: the downward stroke of a character, as in p, but note that such a stroke in y or g might be designated the tail
character: basically a letter
minim: the vertical strokes in m (3 minims), n and u (2 minims) and i (one minim)
suspension: a general contraction at the end of a word
superscript: a character written above the horizontal line of the other characters in a word
final: the position at the end of a word
medial: the position in the middle of a word

The hands in this charter
Upper case characters
A (in Alani: ignore the interference from pro above)

B (in Bartholomei)

D (in Dauid)

H (in H[abe]ndos)

P (in Polyngfold')

R (in Rugge)

T (in Thome)

W (in Will[elm]o)

Interchangeable characters
The following characters are interchangeable:
u/v (both initially and medially); thus one might encounter vnus for unus or uel for vel;
t/c; thus one might encounter both servitium and servicium in the same document.
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Contractions and suspensions
There is a relative proliferation of contractions and suspensions in this charter of 1325, perhaps the apogee of contractions and suspensions. The looping and rounding of the hand is represented through some of these contractions and in the general suspensions. In the twelfth-century, suspensions, and many of the generic contractions, were either flatter or angular, but they have in this charter become more flourished, as the general suspension at the end of words or the contraction for medial -er- or the contraction for pre-.

This section will be completed in due course.
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