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Copyhold tenure

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Copyhold tenure was a form of feudal tenure of land common in England from the Middle Ages until the 19th century, and surviving in residual form until 1922. The land was held according to the custom of the manor, and the mode of landholding took its name from the fact that the "title deed" received by the tenant was a copy of the relevant entry in the manorial court roll. A tenant who held land in this way was known as a copyholder.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Collection of 13th and 14th Century English Land Grants

Identifier: MSS-009
Description These documents provide tangible evidence of the feudal system of property law prevalent in medieval and early modern Britain and Europe. They date from the end of the reign of Edward I, who was revered by later generations as the English Justinian, after the statutes of Quia Emptores (1290) and De Donis (1285) had made land freely alienable for the first time since the Norman Conquest. The first grant is for lands to be held by full copyhold tenure – basically an inheritable...
Dates: 1280 - 1304