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A tenure in England and Scotland under which property of the king or a lord in a town was held in return for a yearly rent or the rendering of a service.

[Middle English, from Old French bourgage, from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from Late Latin burgus, fortified town, of Germanic origin; see burgess.]


1. (Historical Terms) (in England) tenure of land or tenement in a town or city, which originally involved a fixed money rent
2. (Historical Terms) (in Scotland) the tenure of land direct from the crown in Scottish royal burghs in return for watching and warding
[C14: from Medieval Latin burgāgium, from burgus, from Old English burg; see borough]


(ˈbɜr gɪdʒ)

(formerly, in England) tenure of crown or feudal property for a fixed rent or the service of guardianship.
[1250–1300; Middle English borgage < Anglo-French borgage, burgage; see burgh, -age]


British, Obsolete, a form of land tenure under which land was held in return for payment of a fixed sum of money in rent or for rendering of service. Also called socage.
See also: Land, Property and Ownership
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The Medieval Town Plan at Dumfries clearly shows the burgage plots.
Home was the area of the Yorkshire city named after the medieval allotments, known as "tofts", given to the craftsmen owners of "burgages", parcels of land on which their homes and businesses were built, hence Burgage men's tofts.
Accordingly the proposals will reflect a heritage-led approach, albeit incorporating a new building development within the burgage plot behind the retained facade to Bridge Street.
Note: Proxies to be used at the meeting must be lodged with the Company care of 130 Burgage Manor, Blessington, Co.
The tower was to be made up of narrow slivers articulated together, which were meant to reflect the medieval land subdivision known as burgage plots.
The chare probably originated as a lane between two medieval burgage plots.
It has also been said that the Cottage was built on the footings of a medieval burgage plot just like other buildings on the east side of St Mary Street.
Soon afterwards, John and his wife Joan moved to Joan's hometown, eighteen miles distant, when she inherited a burgage.
After his father's death, John married Joan Palmer of Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire (about eighteen miles away), and when she inherited a burgage from her father in 1496, John sold the freehold and the couple uprooted from Burton and moved into the town.
The Grade II listed site occupies an important burgage plot - a long, narrow strip of land running at a right angle to the main street of the medieval town.
The office units at Merchant Gate are located across three buildings at 1 and 2 Burgage Square and Emerald House.
Meanwhile, he implies an indifference to the proliferation of housing developments with names like Burgage Manor (Wicklow) Bunbury Gate (Dublin), and Brindley Park (Meath) where neocolonial snobbery trumps incongruity.