Lord's waste

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Lord’s Waste was common land where all members of the community had right of passage.

Part of the demesne land of the manor which being uncultivated was termed the Lord’s Waste and served for public roads and for common pasture to the lord and his tenants.[1]

Lord’s Waste Settlements[edit]

In many settlements during the early modern period, illegal building was carried out on lord’s waste land by squatters who would then plead their case to remain with local support. An example of a lord’s waste settlement, where the main centres grew up in this way, is the village of Bredfield in Suffolk.[2] Lord’s waste continues to be a source of rights and responsibilities issues in places such as Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th ed., 1990, quoted at http://www.henleynews.co.uk/history/LordsWaste.pdf. See also TheFreeDictionary definition of Manor: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Manor
  2. ^ See Bredfield Parish Plan 2006, p.9: http://www.bredfield.org.uk/material/Report.pdf
  3. ^ See article at Henley News On-Line: http://www.henleynews.co.uk/history/LordsWaste.pdf