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Explanation: A small administrative district with its own church and clergy. I couldn't find the actual word Pfarrwiddum, but a look at The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology shows the word wide = wid in Old Frisian. It can mean expanse. So I am inferring that widdum comes from wid and that this was used to mean an expanse of land.
Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
Kim Metzger Mexico Local time: 04:53 Works in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 200
Please don't use vicarage, it belongs to the Anglican Church. (not Austria)
Michaela's answer grasps the meaning. I just wonder if 'parish farms' couldn't be interpreted as privately owned farms, belonging to a parish.
I don't think we are talking about the acreage where the vicar can grow his vegetables and breed a few chickens.
We are going back to the times when the landlords, in control of vast areas, were either clerical or secular. In predominantly catholic countries most rural land was owned by
The situation in England was similar, but I can't find the word.
As explained by Michaela, the priest did not own the farms, the church did.