Finding records from the ‘manor house’

Where are manorial records kept?

Manorial Records are held by many archives and record offices, often within landed family and estate collections. They are protected under the Law of Property Amendment Act 1924, to ensure their preservation.

When did Manors cease?


Manors began after the Norman Conquest (1066) and weren’t abolished until a property act of 1922.

How many manors Does England have?

“There were almost 5,000 mansions at their mid 19th century peak, but that number has almost halved — only about 3,000 remain today.”

What is a manor in England?

The term “manor house” can be loosely applied to a whole range of buildings, but at its most basic refers to the house of a local lord/landowner. In strict architectural terms, a manor house is a late medieval country house.

What do manorial court records reveal?

Manorial records are a vital source for local, social, family and economic history. They hold information on local agriculture, the resolution of disagreements between tenants and the transfer of property among tenants. In the case of urban manors, records contain details of markets, trade and industrial developments.

What are manor court rolls?

A manorial roll or court roll is the roll or record kept of the activities of a manorial court, in particular containing entries relating to the rents and holdings, deaths, alienations, and successions of the customary tenants or copyholders.

Who owns a manor house?

Naming individuals. The owner of a lordship of the manor can be described as Charles S, Lord/Lady of the Manor of [Placename], sometimes shortened to Lord or Lady of [Placename]. In modern times any person may choose to use a name that is not the property of another.

Can I buy a lord of the manor title?

They can be purchased by men or women – and women are able to choose between being lord or lady of the manor. Couples can add titles to both of their names. Unlike peerages, the lordship of the manor title comes after your name – you would become, for example, Mr Smith, Lord of Blackham.

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