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Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
|SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA
|Healaugh and Muker Manor Court Books|
|The Swaledale & Arkengarthdale Local History Group and North
Yorkshire County Record Office have embarked upon a project to
make the content of the Healaugh and Muker Manor Court Books
fully searchable via the SWAAG website.
These Court Books are an invaluable source of information for local and family historians. They record all transfers of copyhold land within the manors, identifying the transferor, transferee and the property; for example At the Manor Court held on 27th October 1686 we have: “William Coates eldest son & heir of Adam Coates Deceased is Admitted Tennant of the Moiety of a Messuage & tenement with the appurtenances Scituate in Ravenswate [Ravenseat] ……”
At the same Court, the property of one Charles Wensley, deceased, was divided up between Dorothy, presumably his wife or daughter, and four sons, Ralph, Robert, Anthony and Charles. Intriguingly, these entries also refers to “Mill Close, Feetham”; presumably a reference to an as yet unidentified mill of some sort.
The project is in two phases. The first phase is to take the first five books, transcribed by Dr. Timothy Bagenal, and scan them as fully searchable pdf files. These will then be made available on the SWAAG website. Tim Bagenal transcribed Books A – E, covering the periods 1686-1701, 1700-1731, 1733-1738, 1739-1743 and 1744-1753; a mammoth task amounting to over 750 pages in total. His work will be much appreciated by many.
Once the first phase is complete the Local History Group intends to either transcribe the remaining books so that they too will be fully searchable.
8th July 2016
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Last Manorial Court at Muker June 1924
Photographs courtesy of the Swaledale Museum Digital Archive