Definition of copyhold in English:
Tenure of land based on manorial records.
- I use the word sale for simplicity although, being copyhold, the land was in fact surrendered to the Lord of the Manor by the vendors and then re-granted by him to the purchasers.
- Broadly, over half of English tenants held their land by copyhold, that is by customary tenures involving low rents.
- Only in Denmark, where there was equally no serfdom, was there a sale of unprofitable copyhold lands by landowners from the 1780s, which gave rise to a class of 60,000 large tenant-farmers who came to form the backbone of the country.
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