Manorial Documents Register

The Manorial Documents Register (MDR) is an index to English and Welsh manorial records, providing brief descriptions of documents and details of their locations in public and private hands.

Manorial records include court rolls, surveys, maps, terriers and all other documents relating to the boundaries, franchises, wastes, customs or courts of a manor.

We are coordinating an ongoing programme to revise, update and computerise our paper-based Manorial Documents Register on a county by county basis, working in collaboration with external partners.

View the Manorial Documents Register counties map below, which shows the progress of the project across the counties.

Manorial Documents Register counties map (PDF, 0.43MB)

Work is currently progressing on a further six English counties:

  • Devon
  • Herefordshire
  • Kent
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Worcestershire

The following counties are waiting to be computerised and can be consulted on microfilm in the Maps and Large Documents Reading Room at The National Archives.

  • Cheshire
  • Cornwall
  • Durham
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland

Searching the Manorial Documents Register

You can search only the data held within the Manorial Documents Register by using the MDR home pagewithin Discovery.  It is far more detailed and accurate than the original paper indexes, improving both the quality and quantity of the information, and providing wider access to this resource.  This benefits researchers wherever they are based in the world, enabling them to search for manorial records by manor, parish, type of record, or by date, and identifying the relevant records.

Listen to our podcast which provides an introduction to the various types of manorial records and offers a practical guide to using the Manorial Documents Register.

Read more about the Manorial Documents Register and the legislation that explains why we maintain these registers.

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