Manorial Land

Manorial Land and Manorial Rights

Manorial Land

Manorial Land only differs from other classifications of land by its legal classification. Other land prior to registration could have been copyhold or freehold land.

Within the category of manorial land would have been the demesne (land farmed by the lord), tenanted land, freehold land and manorial waste.  The manorial demesne and waste land would be under direct control of the lord.  His ownership would be by a sort of deed under the copyhold system (a copy of deed held by the owner, and a copy held by the manorial court).  Under manorial land law the set of deeds showing ownership of the land did not have to be the set of deeds showing ownership of the lordship or the lordship rights.  This was the case from the Norman Conquest until 1881 when the conveyance act came into force.  The lordship rights and land could be on the same deed, however they must have been listed separately so as not to cause any confusion over exactly what was being conveyed.

The conveyancing act introduced an assumption that the lordship and rights were transferred with the manorial land.  This combining of land and rights only lasted for 44 years because the law of property act 1925 completely split all rights pertaining to manors from the physical land.  You could not assume rights were transferred, indeed the rights are now prohibited from being stated on the land transfer deed and must be conveyed on a separate deed.

To summarise Manorial rights have always needed to be specifically conveyed over the last 1000 years apart from a short period of 44 years in the 19/20th centuries.