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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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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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.
The scheme is named after an Anglo- Saxon ruler from where the name Birmingham is derived and the development will mirror the 12th Century plots, or burgages, along which the existing buildings on the site are arranged.
The tower would stand at one of the oldest parts of the city and is a collection of blocks which mirror the 12th Century plots, or burgages, along which the existing buildings on the site are arranged.
English constables kept detailed records during the period, which show that New ton had 46 burgages in 1360, but that the less successful Welsh town had only 25 house plots and a mill.
"JOHN by the grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, Count of Anjou, to all his loyal subjects who may wish to have burgages in the township of Liverpool, greeting....
Co-signed by Simon de Pateshill, translated from Latin, it reads: "John, by the Grace of God King of England, to all his faithful people who have desired to have burgages at the township of Liverpul, greeting.
According to The Cambridge Urban History of Britain, Trellech "possibly had 378 burgages in 1288," a burgage being a plot of land on which a house was located that could be as much as half an acre in size.
'I say it's a city because it had so many more burgages or houses than Cardiff at the time of its existence,' said Mr Wilson.
In the 1440s a number of Steyning burgages could not be rented and others were renting for less.
When the town of Stratford was laid out in 1196 it was divided into burgages approximately 3 1/2 perches by 12 perches (52 feet by 198 feet).
Five days later, in Winchester, he issued his Letters Patent inviting people to settle on burgages (plots of land offered in return for a service).