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.

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

Manorial Documents Register counties map (PDF, 1.05Mb)

Work is currently progressing on a further 11 English counties:  

  • Cambridgeshire
  • Derbyshire  
  • Herefordshire
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Somerset
  • Staffordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Sussex
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire

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.

Integration into Discovery

Since 2011, we have been working on Discovery, which will incorporate the information on the register in Summer 2014. Discovery will provide a single point of online access to catalogue and organisational data from across the archive sector.

You will be able to search Discovery for manorial records using the simple search and there will also be an advanced search tool which will recreate the advanced search functionality currently available to users on the register. To test out the beta system, which is still in development you can search the Discovery beta service. 

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