Tenements for bondmen, 1391

This document attached to a reeve'sGlossary - opens new window account for the manor of Odecombe, in Somerset, records how on 6 June 1391 the council of Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, decided that the lands of bondmenGlossary - opens new window should be let only to other serfs, in order to maintain the pool of labour on the manor. The steward is also reminded that serfs should not be allowed to leave the manor unless other bonded tenants supported them. This was to ensure that the Earl should 'not be disinherited of their blood by allowing them to leave his lordship'.
Catalogue reference: SC 6/973/12 (6 June 1391)

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