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The Durham Crown Lordships in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Aftermath
David S. Reid
Durham County Local History Society (1990)
0 902958 13 5
14.7 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
A study of the three Durham lordships - Barnard Castle, Raby and Brancepeth - their management and the condition of their tenantry, with a more detailed account of the manor of Long Newton and its place in the lordship of Barnard Castle. That lordship had been confiscated from the Earls of Warwick in the late 15th century and the other two from the Earl of Westmorland after the rebellion of 1569. All three came under direct Crown administration until their disposal to the City of London in 1629.
The book examines the Crown's management policies relative to those of private and ecclesiastical landlords in respect of such matters as security of tenure, claims to "tenant right", level of rents and fines, conditions and length of leases and the problem of enclosure.