Nottinghamshire's medieval records published online
"Manorial documents are the earliest records for any local community," said archivist Mark Dorrington. Manors were agricultural estates compromising a village whose inhabitants would work the land for the estate's lord. The manorial documents, which pre-date Parish records started in 1538, include such details as the hanging of a thief, men accused of sheep theft and a fight in 14th century Mansfield.
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