COPYHOLD

This is defined by Williams as follows: ‘Copyholds are lands held by court roll, that is, the titles to such lands are copies of the roll or book in which an account is kept of the proceedings of the court of the manor to which the land belongs. All copyhold lands belong to, and are parcel of some manor. An estate in copyhold is not a freehold; but in construction of law, merely an estate at the will of the lord of the manor.’ Following upon this, another authority tells us that copyholders may not grant a lease for longer than one year without a licence or by special custom, without thereby incurring forfeiture of the estate; and the lease of the steward of a manor is not good unless he is duly invested with a power for that purpose. The law of copyhold was abolished, along with several other antique property laws, by the Law of Property Act of 1925, taking effect from the first of January, 1926. Copyholds are now converted into ordinary freeholds, discharged from custom, but subject to manorial incidents.

FREEHOLD means ‘owning for ever the ground on which the house stands,’ and naturally, everything found upon that ground. Thus no annual payments have to be made in order to enjoy the privileges of occupying the par- ticular plot of ground on which the house stands.

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