The Harlakenden estate

H. R. French and R. W. Hoyle

in The Character of English Rural Society

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719051081
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700716 | DOI:
The Harlakenden estate

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The consolidated estate that Roger Harlakenden acquired from the Earl of Oxford, his lessees, and their various assignees was surveyed and mapped by Israel Amyce in 1598. The survey reveals that the two manors had a combined area of nearly 3,000 acres. As all previous studies of Earls Colne have focused on the copyholds of the two manors, it may come as a surprise to discover that 54 per cent of the area of the manor was actually demesne, held at will or by lease, or farmed in hand. The fortunes of the Harlakendens were based primarily on the income from farms on the demesne: the income from copyhold lands, though not a trifle, was, by comparison, a secondary consideration.

Keywords: Harlakenden; estates; manors; demesne

Chapter.  15714 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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