copyhold n : a medieval form of land tenure in England; a copyhold was a parcel of land granted to a peasant by the lord of the manor in return for agricultural services
At its origin in medieval England, Copyhold tenure was tenure of land according to the custom of the manor, the "title deeds" being a copy of the record of the manor court.
Copyholds were gradually enfranchised (turned into ordinary holdings of land—either freehold or 999-year leasehold) during the 19th century. Legislation in the 1920s finally extinguished the last of them.
Other defunct forms of tenure
- Tenure in feu (the general name for the following)
- Tenure of villeinage (which preceded copyhold).
- Andrew Barsby (1996) Manorial Law
copyhold in Russian: Копигольд
equitable estate, estate at sufferance, estate for life, estate for years, estate in expectancy, estate in fee, estate in possession, estate tail, fee, fee simple, fee tail, feod, feodum, feud, feudal estate, fief, lease, leasehold, legal estate, paramount estate, particular estate, remainder, reversion, vested estate