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England, Kent, Manorial Documents, 1241-1976
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Kent, England
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Record Description
Record Type Manorial Documents
Collection years 1241-1976
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of manorial documents for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.

Records of these courts give information about the day-to-day life on a manor (an estate held by a lord), including petty crimes, land transfers, manorial appointments, customs, rental fees, and so on. The court regulated the responsibilities and relationships of the manorial lord, his steward and bailiff (law officer), and the village people. Manorial court records began in 1066 and ended in the early 1900s.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Manorial Documents, 1241-1976.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Manorial documents

  • Name of owner
  • Occupation
  • Year of purchase
  • Age

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of manor owner
  • Name of parish
  • Name of county

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Select County
  2. Select Manor
  3. Select Event Type and Year Range (Catalog Reference) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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