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Manorial Records for Family Historians

Publisher: Unlock the Past

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 80 pages
Author: G. Barber
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781925323757
Other: b&w & colour photos, glossary, further reading, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

The manorial system, introduced to England and Wales by the Normans, lasted until 1926 and the surviving records can provide wonderful insights into the personal lives of our ancestors.

Henry Chandler wrote in 1885 that manorial records 'enable us to drop down suddenly on an obscure English village five hundred years ago, and almost to see with our own eyes what the inhabitants are doing'. However, it seems that few genealogists understand manorial records, and how the manor operated.

The aim of this book is to cut through a complex mix of social and legal history to give family historians the knowledge and confidence to start utilising these records. Once understood, the rewards are immense. 

The book also contains many examples of how records from the manors of Rotherfield in East Sussex and Datchurst (alias Hildenborough) in Kent were used by the author in how own research.

Contents:
Introduction
Access to manorial records
The origins of the manor
The manor: an overview
Social structure on manorial estates
 - Freemen (free tenants)
 - Villeins (unfree tenants)
Administration of the manor
Land tenure
 - Demesne land
 - Copyhold or Customary tenure
 - Freehold land
 - Leasehold land
Manorial courts
 - Court Leet
 - Court Baron
A description of the Manor of Rotherfield, Sussex in 1400
Locating property using manorial records
 - Example 1. Widow Barber's Cottage
 - Example 2. Drapers
 - Example 3. Bonnetts
Conclusion
Glossary
Further reading
Index

Also available as an ebook:
Manorial Records for Family Historians - ebook (coming soon)

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  1. Finding them

    Posted by Pamela Lydford on 16th Nov 2017

    The best of its kind, with in-depth advice on how to access and understand these most important records. The first of its kind for several generations.

  2. Finding them

    Posted by Pamela Lydford on 16th Nov 2017

    The best of its kind, with in-depth advice on how to access and understand these most important records. The first of its kind for several generations.

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