Ref NoD1404
TitleManor of Duffield Fee
Date1595-[late 20th cent]
CreatorManor of Duffield Fee
Organsation TypeOfficial Bodies - Local and Central Government
Organsation Sub-TypeManor courts
DescriptionCourt rolls 1595-1935; volumes detailing notes on various matters relating to this and other manors, c.1596-1787; extracts of deeds for Belper Manor 1767-1776; enfranchisement awards, deeds, and other papers 1855-1935.
Extent29 boxes
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Administrative HistoryThe 1086 Domesday Survey shows that Duffield was held by the Anglo-Saxon thegn Siward Barn prior to 1066. After the Conquest, it was first granted by William I to Hugh de Abrincis, who returned the lands on being made Earl of Chester and in 1068 the manor was granted to Henry de Ferrers as part of the Honor of Tutbury. At Domesday, after their rebellion in 1266, the de Ferrers’ lands were forfeited to Henry III, who passed the Honor of Tutbury, including Duffield, to Edmund, Earl of Lancaster. It is not clear whether Duffield Fee developed out of a main manor of Duffield with members. It remained with the Duchy of Lancaster, which passed to the Crown in 1399, until Charles I granted the Fee to the Corporation of the City of London in 1628. The following year, the Corporation sold the Fee (except Heage and Holbrook) to Sir Edward Leche whose son Sir William Leech inherited in 1652. During disputes following William’s death in 1673, Sir Ambrose Phillips held Lordship 1674-78 followed by Philip Jodrell. His son Paul’s ownership of the Fee was confirmed in 1686. The Fee remained with the Jodrell family until 1891 when it was conveyed to Sir Timothy White who had purchased the reversion of Jodrell estates in 1888. The lordship remained with the White family until Sir John White of Salle Park, Norfolk, sold the lordship to Mrs Anne Hayter. On her death in 2000 it passed to Dr P Kist.

The jurisdiction of the Duffield Fee is a confusing one. In the court rolls held among the records of the Duchy of Lancaster at The National Archives there are courts for what came to be regarded as the individual members of the Fee, comprising Duffield, Alderwasley, Belper, Biggin, Hazelwood, Heage, Holbrook, Hulland, Idridgehay, Southwood, Turnditch and Windley. It would seem that the courts would meet at Belper, Duffield, Cowhouse Lane, Windley or Turnditch, largely irrespective of whichever manor was involved. It is possible that Duffield Fee arose as a consequence of a drive to provide some form of administrative coherence, allowing one panel of jurors to act instead of having to provide individual juries for the several separate manors. The situation is further confused by the Duffield Frith, which was the area covered by forest law, for which separate, non-manorial woodmote and swainmote courts were held. From the mid-16th century view of frankpledge and great courts begin to be held for the “manor” of Duffield Frith. In the 1590s the name changes to Duffield Fee, from which time business for the individual manors are held under the auspices of Duffield Fee, although Belper’s courts are often recorded as a separate entity.
Custodial HistoryThese records were deposited in the Record Office by private individuals in May 1974 and September 1976.
AcknowledgementsThe list was put online through the FindersKeepers project, with the help of Elissa Rowe
Volunteer_OpportunityThis collection includes around 4 boxes containing bundles of documents (D1404/67/II). The bundles were parcelled up in the early 1800s and neatly labelled. We need someone to visit the Record Office and type up a list of the labels on the bundles so we can add it to our catalogue.
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Duffield Frith/Derbyshire/United Kingdom
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