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Definition of manorial documents

According to the Manorial Documents Rules, manorial documents are defined as “court rolls, surveys, maps, terriers, documents and books of every description relating to the boundaries, wastes, customs or courts of a manor” but they exclude “deeds or other instruments required for evidencing the title to a manor or agreements or draft agreements relating to compensation, or any documents which came into being after 31st December 1925”.


For the purposes of the Manorial Documents Register and for the sake of users certain exceptions have been made to these rules:

  • records created by manor courts which continued to meet after 1925
  • estate rentals have been included where collection circuits continued to be organised by manor
  • records relating to compulsory enfranchisement and extinguishment of manorial incidents, both records held here and related correspondence and papers found in private archives
  • Parliamentary surveys

Therefore, the inclusion of a record in the Manorial Documents Register does not necessarily indicate that it is legally defined as a manorial record for the purposes of the Manorial Documents Rules.


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