1) Some extensive manorial territories were subdivided for convenience into ‘graveships’, each under a ‘grave’ whose entitlement to the office was based on the amount of land that he held.

1550 ‘a messuage ... in the graifshipe of Holme’

1560 one roide of arable land in Thornewell field within the graveship of Allerthorp, Wakefield. In one earlier example the reference may be to the office of ‘grave’: 1460 Thomas Walworth pro le graveship, xijs viijd, Sharow.

dates 1460 1550 1560

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