Commercial and Chancery Bar: To the manor bought
As a result of the conversion of copyhold into freehold in 1926, manorial courts were no longer needed for the transfer of title and manors ceased to be of any practical significance. However, the title 'Lord of the Manor' was not abolished. Neither were most of the property rights vested in Lords of the Manor. In the latter part of the 20th century, pandering to the vanity of those people who were not content to be a plain 'Mr' or 'Mrs', lordships were put up for auction. Those selling the titles did not always exclude the property rights which pass as parcel of the lordship. This gave rise to a new breed of businessman who buys ancient titles at auction and then seeks to exploit commercially the property rights that come with the title.
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