Burgage

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BURGAGE, English law. A species of tenure in socage; it is where the king or other person is lord of an ancient borough, in which the tenements are held by a rent certain. 2 B1. Com. 82.

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"Know ye that we have granted to all our loyal subjects who take burgages in Liverpool that they shall have liberties and free customs in the township of Liverpool which any free borough of the sea has in our land.
"And therefore we command you that in safety and in our peace ye come hither to receive and occupy our burgages. And in testimony hereof we transmit to you these our letters patent."
Know ye that we have granted to all who have taken burgages at Liverpul that they shall have all liberties and free customs in the town of Liverpul which any borough on the sea has in our land ..."
According to Arabella McIntyre-Brown's account, Liverpool History: The First Thousand Years, by 1272 there were 168 burgages or land tenancies in the town, together with 840 inhabitants.
In 1524 there were 107 taxpayers.(88) Other boroughs, like Lewes, Battle and Rye in Sussex, grew significantly.(89) But a number of places whose inhabitants did not enjoy burgage tenure had nonetheless all the other attributes of a town by the early sixteenth century and were economically more important than some of the older, smaller, boroughs.(90) Leland, for example, describes Maidstone, Wye and Appledore all as "market towns."(91) Maidstone was not incorporated until 1549, yet it clearly enjoyed a prominent position long before.
In 1288 a list of Trellech's 'burgages' or houses contained no fewer than 378 of them, a figure which probably made Trellech bigger than Cardiff at the time.
The search for the 378 'burgages' or houses listed for Trellech in 1288 has formed the centrepiece of the archaeological hunt for the ancient town.
"John, by the grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitane, Count of Anjou, to all his faithful people who have desired to have burgages in the township of Liverpool, greeting.
"Know ye that we have granted to all our faithful people who have taken burgages in Liverpool that they may have all the liberties and free customs in the township of Liverpool which any free borough on the sea has in our land.
JOHN, by the grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, Count of Anjou, to all his faithful people who have desired to have Burgages in the township of Liverpool, greeting.
I hope that people will ask 'why is it like that?' and find out there is a history and that the building mirrors the burgage plots."