When the Manorial system was abolished in 1926, the legislation enacted specifically did not abolish the manorial rights which attached to land when it became a freehold.
Accordingly, ancient rights including hunting rights, the extraction of some minerals and even the right to hold markets have been preserved over the years.
The Land Registration Act 2002 provided that any such rights as were not registered by 13 October 2013 would be abolished, which produced a flurry of registration applications. Since the manorial rights may relate to land which is ownd by someone else, this in turn produced something of an outcry.
The result is that the Justice Committee has initiated a review of the law relating to manorial rights, to see if it requires amendment or even the abolition of such rights.
Evidence is being sought from those affected, especially relating to:
- the recent incidence of manorial rights being exercised and the impact upon landowners;
- the arguments for and against the abolition of manorial rights; and.
- the implications of abolishing manorial rights, including the cost of any appropriate compensation that may be required.
The consultation closes on 5 September 2014.