Benicalap

Benicalap, a former populated center that owes its name to an old Muslim farmhouse that appears in the record book ”Llibre de Repartiment” as Benicalapech. It doesn’t say who it exactly belonged to, although, as we have already mentioned in Benimaclet, the Arabic prefix “Beni-” is usually translated as “children of” and up in the air is “Calapech” (other writings, like the one from 1911 of “useful notes for the history of the Kingdom of Valencia” attests that “calap” means high houses).

In record book “Llibre de Repartiment”, where James I distributed the occupied lands and houses of Balansiya, you can see several entries where Benicalap appears as the first registrant of property in the Kingdom of Valencia:

(Fol. 14 v º) En el segte de Valencia, a Ruzafa. 1 de Mayo de 1238: 232. – “A Ramón de Tellet (la alquería o) el real de Benicalapech (con seis yugadas a su alrededor), y unas casas en Valencia, del rais Albuhaçen, y el huerto de Haron, judío.“

(Fol. 63 v º) 17 de Abril de 1239: 1161. – “A Bernat Gilbert, tres yugadas de tierra, a Benicalapech, contiguas a su heredad, de Abrahim Abinçalema, y cinco hanegadas de tierra en un huerto que está en Olarios, y que os han acotado los repartidores, y el huerto fue de Lobo Alfachar Albaycin”.

(Fol.74) 8 de Octubre de 1240: 1400. – “A Gil de Bailo, unas casas, contiguas a las de Guillem Gaucerà, y un huerto de cinco hanegadas en Benicalapech. Donación revocada, porque los escuderos de Ferran Peris de Pina no acudierón en su día”.

(Fol. 83 v º) 4 de Noviembre de 1244: 1596. – “A Miquel Peris de Vinyals, caballero, las casas de EYCA Amberraga, y seis yugadas de tierra a (Benicalapech) Nacarella, y (un huerto) de seis hanegadas a Roteros en el huerto de Tolaya, hijo de Abeçola “.

(Fol.3 º) De las alquerías y villas dadas francas, 1238, 1 de Mayo: 2218. – “A Ramón de Tellet, la alquería de Benicalapech“.

Benicalap was an autonomous municipality until the end of the nineteenth century, when it was annexed to the City of Valencia (many writings claim it was in 1872), although it already appears in the twentieth century as a municipality of Valencia. At present it borders to the north with Poblados del Norte and the municipality of Burjasot, to the east with Rascaña, to the south with La Zaidía and Bellar and to the west with towns of the West. Benicalap is made up of 2 districts: Benicalap and Ciutat Fallera.

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