Keys to the Past



The land held by a lord - perhaps as payment for services or as a reward. This entailed various customs and obligations to and from the lord. The lord could expect his tenants to grind their crops at his mill; he would also have the pick of crops and livestock. In exchange the lord was to serve his superiors - as well as dispense justice at his own gallows and annual court. The lord would leave at a manor house. A manor is usually all within one parish - but need not be exclusively so.
Since many of these customs have been lost the term may only apply to the land or the central house where the lord lives.

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