Q. What is a manor?
A. A manor is a collection of lands grouped into an administrative unit for tax collection.
Q. What is a lordship?
A. A lordship is a collection of rights over the manor, including the right to call yourself Lord.
Q. How many lordships and feudal baronies were there?
A. No one knows exactly, however it is estimated that there were approximately 20,000 lordships and 300 feudal baronies.
Q. I have been told the Crown owns all the lordships where the owners are not known. So how can you sell the titles?
A. Although all unowned property passes to the Crown, the Crown still has to prove there is no owner. It takes extensive knowledge and time to do our work, which the Crown would have to research and undertake. The Crown estate has decided that this is too much work for the value of the lordship so make no claims for lordships where the owners are not known.
Q. What is the difference between a feudal barony and any other type of barony?
A. A feudal barony is the earliest form of barony. The term was used for a collection of overlordships, so has its existence justified by rights over land. A baron would have rights over a group of lords. Feudal baronies were sold/ conveyed like lordships, so are property. The later use of the words baron and barony were titles granted by the Crown to individuals. These are known as peerages. Unlike feudal baronies these cannot be sold/conveyed. When granted, the Crown decided whether the peerage would be inheritable or if it would become extinct when the holder died. Where a baron has no heirs a peerage barony becomes extinct.