Keys to the Past

Glossary

Charters

Charters were legal documents in which an important person gave another person or group of people the gift of land or certain legal rights, such as permission to have a fair or a market. The first charters were written in the Anglo-Saxon period, but none are known from Northumberland until the medieval period. Although, still very occasionally used by government they have been little used since the end of the medieval period (1540 onwards).

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