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Archive for January 2016

Domesday Book – To bring the Barons in line?

Domesday Book

Previously we wrote a blog highlighting some of the issues historians have in interpreting the Domesday Books.  One of the reasons not mentioned in that article is a means of maximising taxation from the barons and just as important limiting the wealth and power of the barons. In the Domesday Books there are huge inconsistencies between…

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What was the Domesday Book for?

Domesday Book

Its purpose may never be known. However over the years our reasoning has changed its purpose several times.  This confusion is not a new thing as it is believed that as early as the mid 12th century, only 70 years after it was commissioned, confusion had already started.  Records then imply that the Domesday Books…

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Family History

Family history

As history enthusiasts and researchers nothing surprises us, well almost nothing. Whilst researching our family tree or history we all love the idea of discovering a black sheep, philanthropist, accomplished entrepreneur, author, inventor or similar.  How about uncovering a Lord or Baron?  This is very probable if you have the time and resources to search…

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Lordship Titles – Land or Personal Property? Part 6

Lordship Titles – Land or Personal Property?

In part 5 we explained how there are three potential ways to use a lordship title.  These in brief are: To purchase the legal ownership of the original lordship title, this would come with a complete, correctly executed and consecutive set of deeds from time of grant or Time Immemorial 1189 (exceptional rare). To ‘buy’ the…

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Lordship Titles – Land or Personal Property? Part 5

In our previous blogs on this subject we explained how the law regards lordships as incorporeal property and not land as was believed for many years.  Part 4 concluded with proof of ownership of incorporeal personal property had to be done using a paper trail, however for most modern incorporeal property company records and the…

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Lordship Titles – Land or Personal Property? Part 3 and 4

Lordship Titles – Land or Personal Property?

The Law Commission’s Definition of a Manor:   LAND REGISTRATION FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT; “The position of manors requires special consideration. By “manor” we mean specifically the lordship of a manor and not other seignorial rights (which are subject to quite different considerations). 49 The manorial rights of a lord of the manor…

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Lordship Titles – Land or Personal Property? Part 1 and 2

Land or Personal Property

A question that has not only caused confusion for the public, but also the legal community.  Like most English law the answer to this question has been evolving as we become more informed.  Before we tackle this question we need to make another fact known.  Physical objects including land are called “corporeal” in law.  Rights…

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A Feudal Society – Quick trivia

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Quick trivia Under French Norman rule a feudal society was imposed on England. In return for land the King could expect quotas of knights from his tenants-in-chief, together with monetary aid,‘reliefs’ (inheritance money) and wardship of minors. No land was without a lord and all belonged to the king. Although Englishmen of rank remained in their posts they…

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