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(formerly) n
a. a tenure less than freehold of land in England evidenced by a copy of the Court roll
b. land held in this way


(ˈkɒp iˌhoʊld)

1. (formerly) a type of ownership of land in England, evidenced by a copy of the manor roll establishing the title.
2. an estate held in copyhold.
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Noun1.copyhold - a medieval form of land tenure in England; a copyhold was a parcel of land granted to a peasant by the lord of the manor in return for agricultural services
land tenure, tenure - the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands
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From this position, Bailey reviews evidence for the decline in personal serfdom in the century and a half after the Black Death, seeking to provide a more satisfactory understanding of the link between medieval villein tenure and early modern copyhold.
In 1790, the will of Arthur Whiter, butcher, mentions his copyhold estate in the manor of 'Hayley near Witney in the County of Oxford', demonstrating connections between Brightwalton and the better-known morris heartlands of Wychwood Forest.
32), section 1; the 1874 Building Society act stated that a Building Society was 'for the purpose of raising by the subscriptions of the members a stock or fund for making advances to members out of the funds of the society upon security of freehold, copyhold, or leasehold estate, by way of mortgage': An act to consolidate and amend the laws relating to Building Societies 1874 (37&38 Vict.
By 1926, all copyhold title was extinguished and converted to freehold, but the ownership of the mines and minerals largely remained with the Lord of the Manor.
the use of such expressions as freehold, copyhold, or leasehold tenure, tenancy at will, fief-holding, etc.
purchased "two copyhold estates," the family's home was in Edstaston Hall in the manor of Wem, "a large timber house" which a "George Manwaring" inherited on April 29, 1591, together with "the estate above the Chettal Wood.
Were the case but for a small copyhold, you would have witnesses or good proof to lead the jury to a verdict; and I am here for my life
His introductory section on manorial culture explains the three main forms of land tenure at the time: freehold, copyhold, and leasehold.
32) Furthermore the manor court retained a prominent role for the administration of copyhold land.
When, nevertheless, transactions in land--surrender and admission to copyhold land--were expected (and so some mechanism must have been involved to signal this prospect), the court baron was presided over by the local gentry in their delegated capacity, Skipwith and Belgrave by letters of attorney or commission from the lord.
Freebenich: Se llama asi a la propiedad de la tierra de copyhold que la esposa desposada virgen recibia despues de la muerte de su marido como viuda de acuerdo con las leyes del senorio.
A copyhold provided the only formal rights of tenant farmers to use common land and underutilized manorial wastes.