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Discover the answers to last issue’s challenges How did you do?

Read on to find out the answers to last issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges. Our Academy tutor David Annal explains all.

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Your document challenge:

The answers

Last month, we focused on manorial documents. Let’s first deal with the Hampton Court Manor document: This document is from the Hampton Court Manor survey, dated 1792 (CRES 39/155)

I The document states that details of the ‘Fees paid or payable by the Free and Customary Tenants of the Manor’. What is the difference between Free and Customary tenants?

Free tenants held their property from the manor by ‘freehold’, usually without any conditions or limitations. Customary tenants usually held land by ‘copyhold’ and were required, according to the customs of the manor, to pay ‘fines’ on admission and had certain obligations towards the Lord of the Manor.

II The letter was written from the Land Revenue to ‘The Steward of the Manor of Hampton Court’. What other manorial positions were held by officials in a manorial court?

The Steward held the most important role in the Manor Court and was supported by other officers such as bailiffs, graves (or grieves) and constables. Individual tenants also had a role to play and were often required to serve on a jury.

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