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Sarah Rees Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201946.001.0001

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Landscapes of Lordship on the Eve of the Conquest: Lesser Landowners and Their Urban Estates

Landscapes of Lordship on the Eve of the Conquest: Lesser Landowners and Their Urban Estates

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(p.60) 3 Landscapes of Lordship on the Eve of the Conquest: Lesser Landowners and Their Urban Estates
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York
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Sarah Rees Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201946.003.0003

This chapter analyses the evidence for ‘urban manors’ in pre-Conquest York. It examines the evidence for property holding by Anglo-Scandinavian thegns in the city and their relationship to the foundation of local proprietary churches and their later transformation into parishes. The chapter reconstructs the contrasting character of burgess estates in the different fees described in Chapter 2, and the poly-focal character of the city as a whole. It also draws contrasts between burgess estates in the defended central core of York, and outer areas whose rural character and interconnection with surrounding rural villages is traced. This pattern of landholding is used to consider the possible evolution of the city and its character by the later eleventh century.

Keywords:   York, urban manors, Domesday, burgages, burgesses, town and country, medieval villages, urban parishes, proprietary churches

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