The U.K. National Archives' web site has announced that the Dorset section of the Manorial Documents Register (MDR) has been made available online at nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr/.
The Manorial Documents Register records information on Dorset's manorial records from over 400 manors, held at over 50 different locations, some in publicly accessible institutions and others still in private ownership. The Dorset project benefits researchers worldwide, enabling them to search for manorial records by manor, parish, type of record or by date, and to identify relevant records online for the first time for this county.
Staff and volunteers at the Dorset History Centre have also produced a printed 'Guide to Dorset Manorial Documents' that will soon be available from The National Archives' bookshop, and a schools education resource pack available to download on the Dorset History Centre website at http://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorsethistorycentre/manorial.
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