The central part of a manorial estate set apart for the lord’s own use that provided for the needs of his household. For example, such a demense might contain: a manor house and ‘close’ of small acreage, a pigeon house, a mill, fishery, wood lots containing trees for logging, arable land up to 500 acres or so, meadows for grazing and pasturelands.

Medieval glossary. 2014.

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