Catalogue description COPIES OF PARLIAMENTARY SURVEYS
|Reference:||Subseries within LR 2|
|Title:||COPIES OF PARLIAMENTARY SURVEYS|
Trustees for the sale of the Crown lands: Parliamentary surveys. This sub-series holds surveys produced under the two acts of 1649 and 1650 for the sale of Crown lands and fee-farm rents in England and Wales.
The surveys fall into two main categories, those of single tenurial units such as honors and manors, and those of whole hundreds or wapentakes. This reflects their statutory origin. as, while the Act of 1649 authorized the sale of honours and manors, the Act of 1650, dated 11 March, authorized the sale of fee-farm rents, which were ascertained by surveying whole hundreds or wapentakes.
The surveys are mainly concerned with value, details of tenurial arrangements and rents, etc, rather than topography, although detail of buildings is sometimes given.
The survey copy kept by the Surveyor General is in E 317
See the classic study of the parliamentary surveys, including those in this sub-series: S J Madge, 'The Domesday of Crown Lands' (London, 1938).
|Unpublished finding aids:||
There is a typescript calendar by the same author (at Kew) entitled 'Parliamentary surveys of Crown lands during the Commonwealth' (1927), which details all the Parliamentary surveys known to exist, county by county.
|Administrative / biographical background:||
Under the first Act for the sale of Crown lands and fee-farm rents, dated 16 July 1649, trustees were appointed to sell the properties. These trustees appointed local surveyors to carry out surveys of the Crown lands that were to be sold. The surveyors produced two copies of each survey: one was kept by a Surveyor General, and the other by the Registrar appointed under the Act to keep all relevant records. The former are now in E 317 while the latter are the surveys in this sub-series.
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