Trustees for Crown Lands and Fee Farm Rents: Parliamentary Surveys
In 1649 trustees were appointed by Parliament to sell the estates previously belonging to Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria and Prince Charles. The trustees commissioned local surveyors to carry out surveys of the Crown lands prior to sale. Two copies of each local survey were made, and returned to the surveyor general, who retained one copy and forwarded the other to the trustees and registrar. The former constitute the records in this series.
The surveys are of four main types: surveys of manors and other properties to be sold under the 1649 act; surveys of hundreds to identify fee-farm rents to be sold; surveys of forest land; and certificates relating to title and other matters. Some of the surveys give information about buildings.
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