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In England, Lord of the Manor is a minor, feudal title. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Feudalism comes from the Late Latin word feudum, itself borrowed from a Germanic root *fehu, a commonly used term in the Middle Ages which means fief, or land held under certain obligations by feodati. ...

For its historic significance see Manorialism For the area of Sheffield, in England, see Manor, Sheffield. ...

Holders of the title are not peers and have never held any right to sit in the House of Lords. The title sometimes comes with ancient rights associated with the manor. The Peerage is a system of titles of nobility which exists in the United Kingdom and is one part of the British honours system. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... For the area of Sheffield, in England, see Manor, Sheffield. ...

Since the abolition of feudal tenure and copyhold rights in England in the 1920s, the title of Lord of the Manor became disassociated with the ownership of the manor's land itself. At its origin in mediaeval England, Copyhold tenure was tenure of land according to the custom of the manor, the title deeds being a copy of the record of the manor court. ... Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century Decades: 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s - 1920s - 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s Years: 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 Referred to as the Roaring 20s. ...

This allows the titles to be bought and sold as property, but left intact most of the manorial rights (and obligations) associated with the position. These vary considerably; they may include rights to minerals under the soil, ownership of manorial waste (including roadside verges and unclaimed land), the right to hold fairs or markets, and obligations such as maintenance of village greens and common land, and sometimes the maintenance of local parish churches. The traditional village green A village green is an common open area which is a part of a settlement. ... A parish church is the church which acts as the religious centre of a parish, the basic administrative unit of episcopal churches. ...

As the titles may be bought and sold several companies offer them for sale quite legally. However, it is worth noting that the majority of so-called "titles" offered on the Internet are not genuine, and a large market has developed in completely bogus titles which seek to convince buyers that they are, in fact, genuine manorial titles. Often the distinction between a manorial title and the peerage is confused.

The correct form of address for a genuine Lord of the Manor is:

John Smith, Lord of (the Manor of) Little Sniffling (in Barsetshire) Barsetshire is a fictional county created by Anthony Trollope, which is featured in the series of novels known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. The county town and cathedral town is Barchester. ...

The words within parentheses are usually optional.

Lords of the Manor are never addressed, however, as simply Lord Smith (contrast with peers). The Peerage is a system of titles of nobility which exists in the United Kingdom and is one part of the British honours system. ...

See also

Order of precedence in England and Wales to demonstrate that owning a genuine Lordship of a Manor gives the owner no precedence at all.

The Order of precedence in England and Wales as of 29 October 2004: Gentlemen The Sovereign (Queen Elizabeth II) HRH The Duke of Edinburgh HRH The Prince of Wales HRH The Duke of York HRH The Earl of Wessex HRH Prince William of Wales HRH Prince Harry of Wales Peter...

External links

  • Useful link about how to purchase a Lordship of the Manor and the pitfalls (http://www.faketitles.com)

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