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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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Quick trivia Definition of a Manor: A territorial unit that was originally held by feudal tenure, by a landlord who was not necessarily noble, and who himself was a tenant either of the Crown or a mesne lord who held land directly of the Crown.

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Quick trivia Noble landlords used trade to improve living styles after peasants shook off manorial constraints. Peasants wanted freedom and control of land, but landlords wanted higher revenues. Tension arose between the groups, and eventually peasant conditions improved.

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Quick Trivia Domesday; In 1086 William felt he was not getting sufficient return from the land in England and he commissioned a survey of all holdings in England so that he could see who was not paying enough. This was and still is the largest land survey to be undertaken in England.

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Quick trivia Manorial titles were registered with the Land Registry until 2003. Even when they were recorded the register did not confirm ownership, merely the interest held. Presently there is no independent register to record titles.

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