Try to find out:
- the name of the manor
- the name of the parish and county
The manor was the principal administrative unit of medieval landed estates and its business was carried out in the manor court before the steward. Manors varied in size but were administered by their lords as a single unit.
Manorial records are a vital source for local, social, family and economic history. They hold information on local agriculture, the resolution of disagreements between tenants and the transfer of property amongst tenants.
In the case of urban manors, records contain details of markets, trade and industrial developments. They can also tell us a great deal about the community living in the manor, its social structure, households and the local economy.
The survival rate and comprehensiveness of manorial records varies. Records from one manor alone can be scattered across a number of archives and institutions as well as being held by private individuals and organisations.
Until 1733, manorial records are likely to be in Latin and, both before and after that date, in handwriting that can be difficult to read.