Manuscript volume recording customs of the Manor of Mansfield, Nottinghamshirec.1818

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume bound in calf (rebacked) entitled 'Costomes of the Mannor of Mansfeyld'. Itstarts with a note about the burning of Mansfield Wodehouse in 1304 and continues with details ofthe practices and rulings of the manorial court, with particular reference to matters of land tenureand inheritance, social responsibility and court procedures.

Administrative / Biographical History

A customary for the manor of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire was apparently compiled in 1304; a15th-century copy of it exists in the archive of the Dukes of Portland in Nottinghamshire Archives(DD/P/17/68), which also holds an 18th-century copy in English (DD/P/6/1/30/50). The present copy,which is entitled 'Costomes of the Manor of Mansfield' on its outer cover, was presumably copiedfrom the same source, but supplies no information about its creation beyond the concluding statement'ex[ecute]d G.M.'. The copy was said, on acquisition, to date from c. 1818, but the evidence forthis statement is not known. The paper and binding suggest early 19th or late 18th century.


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Custodial History

The volume was acquired by the library of University College Nottingham (now the University ofNottingham), in about 1938.

Related Material

  • References to the manor of Mansfield can be found in the papers of the Dukes of Portland. SeeThe Portland (London) Collection, being Legal, Financial and Estate Papers of the Dukes of Portland,1304-1940 Pl
  • Manorial court records for Mansfield can be found in the papers of the Dukes of Portland inNottinghamshire Archives.