The plight of manorial rights?

Manorial rights, such as sporting rights and rights to mines and minerals, are potentially valuable and continue to exist. They are known as ‘overriding interests’, which means that a landowner’s property may be subject to them even if they are not mentioned on their title documents. However, on 13 October 2013 this is set to change.

Manorial rights are rights retained by former lords of the manor over former ‘copyhold’ land, a tenure of land once belonging to the manor. Copyhold land was gradually converted into freehold land as a result of various acts of Parliament passed during the 19th and 20th centuries, with the eventual extinguishment of all copyhold tenure on 1 January 1926 under the Law of Property Act 1922…

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