The records from over 200 Nottinghamshire manors are now accessible online thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council and the National Archives in the United Kingdom.
The Manorial Documents register was launched earlier this week at an event at Nottinghamshire Archives. The records date back to the fourteenth century.
The register will contain information about court rolls, surveys, maps and documents about land boundaries from mediaeval times. Information will be held about over 200 manors in the Nottinghamshire area and can be accessed by anyone at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr
Councillor John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, said, “These records contain a rich and interesting history about life in Nottinghamshire in the middle ages. The database will signpost people to the relevant sources and will help to bring mediaeval history to everyone’s fingertips.”
The project was run by the County Council’s Archives team in conjunction with the University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections. It has been funded by The National Archives.
Examples of historical records:
Manor of Mansfield - October 1315
Two strangers arrested on suspicion of larceny when they brought four ewes to sell in Mansfield Market. They were kept in shackles until the court next met when they were found not guilty.
10 June 1316
Geoffrey, son of Roger Walesby, was arrested in Mansfield with a green surcoat worth four shillings. Maud, daughter of Henry le Thacker of Mansfield said it was hers and that it had been stolen from the house of Richard Alche of Mansfield. Geoffrey was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged.
Robert Cundy of Budby accused John son of Proud Robin of beating and wounding him and said that during the struggle he had lost his belt and purse and 9d in coin. This was found in John’s custody. He denied the offence but was found guilty and fined 6d.
Source: Nottinghamshire County Council