Northum­ber­land regis­ter of mano­rial records cre­ated

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A com­pre­hen­sive regis­ter of his­toric records of Northum­ber­land’s manors has now been cre­ated fol­low­ing three years of re­search by staff at the Northum­ber­land Ar­chives.

The Mano­rial Doc­u­ments Regis­ter for Northum­ber­land has been added to The Na­tional Ar­chives’ (TNA’s) Mano­rial Doc­u­ments Regis­ter ( dis­cov­­tion­, which lists mano­rial doc­u­ments in Eng­land and Wales and where they are held. It is also avail­able in the cat­a­logues at Northum­ber­land Ar­chives, where a ded­i­cated mano­rial space is planned in the search­room.

The regis­ter lists records for 274 manors held at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Northum­ber­land Ar­chives, TNA, Al­nwick Cas­tle ar­chives and pri­vate col­lec­tions.

Councillor Cath Homer from Northum­ber­land County Coun­cil, said that the regis­ter con­tains in­for­ma­tion about “so­cial and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, busi­ness, fam­ily names, land and prop­erty own­er­ship, fi­nance, diet, agri­cul­ture and even crime”. She added that the cre­ation of the regis­ter has in­volved “the dis­cov­ery of many fas­ci­nat­ing and pre­vi­ously un­known records”.

Councillor Cath Homer ( far left) at the launch of the Mano­rial Doc­u­ments Regis­ter

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