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Lordship Title Law and History Explained

Manorial Law

  1. A lordship title is classified in law as an incorporeal hereditament. Incorporeal means having no physical presence (see, touch or smell). Hereditament means inheritable (meaning the right continues forever more).
  2. A lordship title is NOT a set of deeds it is a “right in law” as defined above. (However a full set of deeds is required to prove legal ownership).
  3. William the Conqueror granted most lordships in 1066.
  4. The majority of these were confirmation of lordships that had existed for over a thousand years, previously managed by the Romans and Saxons. William merely assigned the rights that already existed
  5. A manor/lordship always came in three parts: (1) land, (2) rights over the land, (3) lordship (power to collect fealty {services} and taxes).
  6. To confirm the power of the lordship the owner adopted the previously used legal custom right of a title, “Lord of the Manor” Or “Lord of …………”.
  7. To convey all three rights they had to be specifically listed in the deeds of transfer, i.e. (1) land, (2) rights over the land, (3) lordship (power to collect fealty {services} and taxes).
  8. The loss of deeds for the part physical land continues to be solved by statute law, however….
  9. To prove ownership of the rights over the land and the lordship title a complete set of the deeds must still exist, correctly executed, consecutive and start from when the Crown granted the rights or Time Immemorial (3rd September 1189), whichever is earliest.
  10. Without the complete set of deeds, it is impossible to prove ownership of the lordship title.
  11. Historic records concerning lordships cannot be legally relied upon as proof of ownership because;
    1. History recording is not regulated.
    2. Historic records contradict themselves as two historians never write exactly the same thing, historians only record what they know and different historians will have different information available to them.
  12. As deeds have had to survive for over 700 years, the vast majority have been lost. Some claimants may try to use historic records to prove ownership, however as above these cannot be legally relied upon.

The solution to these issues……

Incorporeal Lawlordship title

  1. Lordship titles are only one form of incorporeal property there are many other types.
  2. Incorporeal hereditaments can be created based on something that already exists e.g. A cover version of a song.
  3. A lordship title has the benefit that it gives the exclusive legal right to use a particular title.
  4. Manorial Counsel use incorporeal law to create a new legal right to duplicate the same benefit.
  5. The new legal right is created by thoroughly researching the original right and then passing the research through a feasibility study using our unique predictive methodology.  This determines the dormancy of the original and forms the basis of the new legal right, based on the original.
  6. The new legal right is not inheritable initially so we apply English statute law to make the right inheritable thus making it exist forevermore.
  7. The new legal right will run concurrent to the original lordship title forever.
  8. The new legal right can only be created if the predictive methodology proves the dormancy of the original.  This means that the new legal right cannot be created without the existence of the original lordship, and the original having no legal owner.

 In Summary

The majority of lordship titles do not have any legal documentation to prove ownership. i.e. the required complete set of correctly executed and consecutive set of deeds dating back to time of Crown Grant or Time Immemorial (3rd September 1189), whichever is earliest.

Potential owners may try to claim lordships using historic records i.e. Court rolls or Statutory Declarations, but these are not an acceptable replacement in law for missing deeds, ownership cannot be proven this way.

Where there is no proof of ownership, or historic records suggesting a potential ownership, Manorial Counsel use the law, as identified by our legal team, to create a new legal right based on the original to enable the legal use and ownership of the lordship title again.