Keys to the Past

Glossary

Liberty

An area where there was some legal freedom. This might be where locals had certain rights over the owner of the land. It could also be a group of manors held by a lord - but exempt from normal legal process for some reason. An example is North Tynedale - this was the 'Liberty of Tynedale', though recognised as England in the 12th century, this was owned by the King of Scotland. Tynemouth Priory and Embleton were also the centres of Liberties - though these were not exempt from taxation measures.

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