On this day 23rd January

1606  The Observance of 5th November Act  1605, also known as the “Thanksgiving  Act”, was an act of the Parliament of England passed on in 1606 in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot.  The act called for  a public annual thanksgiving for the failure of the Plot. The Act was later repealed in 1859. We have…

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Lord of the Manor – Lordship Rights in Law

Lordship Rights

Lordship rights can be split into two categories and were enforced by two different manorial courts.  The first court held by all lords was the Court baron.  This settled disputes between tenants and issues of compliance relating to the lords rights.  The second was only available if the lordship/manor was held within a liberty.  This…

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Henry VIII and the Reformation

Henry VIII

When most people think of the Act of Supremacy and the English Reformation they think of the creation of the Church of England but what we think of, is one of the largest transfers of land in English history. Contrary to popular belief the Act of Supremacy of November 1534 was an Act of Parliament…

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