Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Conventual Leases
This series consists of leases of lands, offices and other profits, such as tithes and rectories, made by individual religious houses before the Dissolution, and other related documents. The series also includes an entry book of conventual leases for five Lincolnshire houses which may be that of the Dissolution commissioners of 1536.
Most of the records in the series are counterpart leases, that is the part of the indenture kept by the religious house as evidence of a transaction. Some, however, are the original leases, that is the lessee's copy, as made clear by the annotations made by the officials of the Court of Augmentations, ordering confirmation or renewal. Unfortunately the majority of the seals, both conventual and personal, have been lost.
The early 16th century saw a progressive increase in the amount of leasing by religious houses, the tenants usually being their secular neighbours. Most of these leases received official sanction in the Acts dissolving the religious houses in 1536 and 1540, and were confirmed by order of the Court of Augmentations.
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