Most properties fell into a manor; in Edenbridge there were four manors. In the 19th century it was a legal fiction that the land really belonged to the lord of the manor who granted it to the real owner in return for a "quitrent" and certain other charges. The quitrent was an annual cash payment to save the real owner from having to mow the lord's meadow or harvest his crops. It became fixed in the middle ages and depreciated with inflation to become of little value. It is very useful because the description and value of a property did not alter (apart from occasional divisions) for centuries making it easy to identify the property in old manorial records. On the other hand manorial records often contain errors and anachronisms.
In compiling the history of these properties I have also made use of a thousand wills and of hundreds of title deeds. There are still more title deeds which I have not yet read, and no doubt a study of the 1861 census would shed light on the situation in 1851.
Edenbridge Property Survey
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