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Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

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Woodborough Terrier - 1770


A land terrier is a record system for an institution's land and property holdings. It differs from a land register in that it is maintained for the organisation's own needs and may not be publicly accessible.

Typically, it consists of written records related to a map. Modern practice involves the use of Geographic Information Systems.

On the last leaf of a first volume of a register it is noted that there is a Terrier for 1759. This was not copied, but the following one for 1770 was copied at full length:


“A True and Perfect Terrier of the Lands, Tythes, Dues, etc. belonging to the Curacy of Woodborough as given in at the Visitation of Robert by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of York held at Nottingham on the Twenty Fifth day of June 1770.


An Estate at Lambley consisting of four closes called the Ley-Closes by Estimation thirty seven acres bought by the Reverend Montague Wood and Queen Anne’s Augmentation Money about the year 1704.


Six Pounds a year from each of the Oxton Prebendal Estates of the Collegiate Church of Southwell, due at the Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of St Michael, by two equal Payments.


Easter dues – a Communicant two pence, House and Garden two pence. Cows new calved two pence, barren cows one and a half pence. Bees a swarm one pence. Lambs under five two pence a Piece; all above pay to the Impropriator, for Sheep, Pelts (i.e. dead sheep skins) half a pence. Churching seven pence. Burial six pence. Banns of marriage Publishing one shilling. Marriages two shillings six pence by Licence five shillings. No Mortuary Paid.


Clerk Wages three Manor Houses one shilling each. Messuages or Farms eight pence apiece. Cottages four pence each. Inmates two pence each. Burials one shilling two pence. Churchings six pence. Marriages by Banns one shilling. Marriage by licence two shillings six pence”.


Note: Apparently these were the payments due to the Parish Clerk, additional to the Curate’s fees set out above. It will be noticed that the Clerk, who doubtless has the grave to dig, received one shilling and two pence for a burial, as against the Curate’s six pence.



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