Collection AR010 - Manor of Croydon, Leet Jury Minute Book

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Manor of Croydon, Leet Jury Minute Book


  • 1830-1855 (Creation)

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1 vol

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The Archbishop of Canterbury was lord of the manor throughout this period. The steward of the manor is named as Christopher Hodgson from 1842 to 1855. The volume bears on the cover the name of Frederick Markby, Bailiff: inside the volume, however, the only bailiff named is James Andrews, who signs the records of court proceedings from 1832 to 1847.

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Donated by Hooker and Rogers (auctioneers, surveyors and estate agents) in 1935. Entered the firms possession when they collected manorial quit rents.

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Accession Number: A10

Manor of Croydon, Leet Jury Minute Book

Item date: 1830-1855

Accession date: 11/11/1935

Custodial history: Entered the firms possession when they collected certain manorial quit rents.

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Minute Book of the Leet Jury of the Manor of Croydon. Courts Leet were held annually in April, May or June. The location is given as the Town Hall from 1833 onwards. The majority of the records of courts before 1850 consist simply of the election of the manorial officers and the report All Well; although in 1830; 1833; 1836; 1837; 1843; 1844; 1845 and 1846 presentments are made for encroachments or nuisances. From 1833, the record of each court is signed by the members of the Jury. From 1850 onwards, these signiatures are the only record given of the proceedings at each court: there is no election of manorial officers and the records become generally more scrappy.

The back of the book has been used for various annotations and memoranda, including a list of preparations to be made by the baliff for a Court Day.

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Contains an inserted Croydon Borough Council plate, stating that the book is a gift.

The binding is loose and the cover in bad repair.

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