Manorial Documents

The 75th accession in 2000 was a sale catalogue of lordships of manors to be sold at auction by order of the University of Wales (ref.: DX994/1).

On 6 July 2000, Phillips International auctioned 13 “lord of the manor” titles, each with the promise of a coat of arms but with no land, on behalf of the University of Wales. The titles and accompanying land were inherited from the Church of Wales following its disestablishment in 1914 when the university became trustee of the church’s estate. The proceeds went to the university itself, the four university colleges in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea and to the National Library of Wales. The auction was the fourth and final to be held by the University since 1984 and thirty titles had previously been sold for an estimated £200,000.  (Ref:

One of the lordships for sale was the manor of Worlton in Glamorgan. Manorial lordships can be bought and sold, but a new lord is not automatically entitled to the documents relating to the manor, unless these have been specifically conveyed to him.  A search of the Manorial Documents Register (MDR) shows that records of the Manor of Worlton (also known as Dyffryn Golych and Tref Gloych, and situated in the parish of St. Lythan’s) are held by the National Library of Wales.

Sale catalogue of lordships of manors

Sale catalogue of lordships of manors

The MDR identifies the nature and location of manorial records and is maintained by the National Archives. You can search for records relating to Wales at:

It is not a register of title to manorial lordships and it does not collect information about the ownership or descent of manors but you can discover where manorial records are held. Records listed in the MDR include court rolls, surveys, maps, terriers, documents and all other documents relating to the boundaries, franchises, wastes, customs or courts of a manor. Title deeds are not included in the Register.

If you want to find out more about using Manorial Records for family history, community history, and house history there are two useful guides to get you started:


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