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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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The MDR was set up at the Public Record Office in 1926 following the 1922 Law of Property Act, which abolished copyhold tenure. It was intended primarily for the use of lawyers and landholders wanting to prove title to property.
The legal validity of copyhold at common law did not flow from its existence as copyhold tenure within manorial law.
It is not known to what extent leasehold had replaced copyhold tenure by 1500, nor whether such changes as did occur encouraged the adoption of more efficient farming techniques.