Northumberland register of manorial records created
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 ( discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/manor-search), 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