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Definition of ancient demesne in English:
Land recorded in Domesday Book as belonging to the Crown.
- Alsop, which had been an ancient demesne of the crown, was granted to William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby.
- For many centuries individual entries from Domesday were copied as evidence of ancient demesne and land title.
- There is much that is of interest in ancient demesne procedure and some points that are not yet clear, but it is clearly accepted as outside common-law jurisdiction.
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