Manorial Society of Great Britain
The Manorial Society of Great Britain Limited is a private limited company (Company No. 03296984) and first incorporated on the 30/12/1996. It has a membership of approximately 1,900, comprising Lords of the Manor and feudal barons, peers, as well as historians, mainly from the United Kingdom but also some from Ireland.
Its aims are:
- To promote the study of English history and traditions, especially the monarchy and British parliamentary institutions
- To promote the preservation of manorial records
- To promote awareness of "the Lord's privileges and responsibilities in the local community"
- To promote comradeship among men and women of like-mind
The Governing Council of the Manorial Society of Great Britain in 2012 includes the following members of the British peerage and knightage, amongst whom one usually hosts an annual reception at the House of Lords.
- The Right Honourable Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury, DL
- The Rt. Hon. Richard Bentinck Boyle, 9th Earl of Shannon
- The Rt. Hon. Merlin Hanbury-Tracy, 7th Baron Sudeley, MA (Oxon), FSA.
- The Rt. Hon. Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva, QC, PC, KStJ,
- Mr. Cecil Humphery-Smith, OBE, FSA,
In 1996 the Society co-published a guide to Manorial Law.
In 2012 the Society published a Manorial Directory, listing a number of surviving manorial lordships and feudal baronies in Great Britain and Ireland, with their histories and biographical information on their current holders.
The original Manorial Society (The Manorial Society) was established as a pressure group in 1906 but did not long survive. The Manorial Society of Great Britain Limited was incorporated in 1996, and has no connection to the original society.
Under the Law of Property Amendment Act 1924, manorial documents in the United Kingdom are held under the charge and superintendence of the Master of the Rolls, and their whereabouts recorded in the Manorial Documents Register maintained by The National Archives.
- Governing Council
- Barsby, A.W. & C., Manorial Law (Legal Research and Publishing in association with the Manorial Society of Great Britain, 1996)
- Manorial Society of Great Britain, (Introduction: Charles Mosley (genealogist)). A Directory of Some Lords of the Manor and Barons in the British Isles, published by Smith’s Peerage Limited, Dorset and London, 2012 [ISBN 978 0 9572133 0 2]
- Using the Manorial Documents Register and how to find manorial lordships, National Archives 
- Official website
- The Register of Feudal Lords and Barons of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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