Map of the Manor of Eakring, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives

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

The 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. A manor is a unit of land originating in the feudal system.

Work is currently progressing on a further ten English counties:  

  • Cambridgeshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Essex
  • Herefordshire
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Somerset
  • Staffordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Sussex
  • Worcestershire

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

Manorial Documents Register counties map (PDF, 1.00Mb)

The MDR online 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 MDR.

Read more about manorial documents and the legislation that explains why we maintain these registers.

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