Raunds Properties and Duchy Manorial Rights

Natasha Wain got in touch to try to get some advice regarding Manorial Rights on some of the properties in Raunds.

“I’m trying to remortgage my house and the title deeds are showing that there are manorial rights to the property, this has never come up before when trying to remortgage and now the conveyancing company want £185 to inform the lender of a ridiculous right that will never be presented!

I have looked into indemnity insurance to see if this will satisfy the lender but it seems I’m still going to be charged, any advice out there please?”

This topic has come up on Raunds Town Voice back in 2013

We’ve also found an article from BBC News back in 2013 after more than 2500 householders in Raunds and Irchester received letters telling them the Queen has rights over minerals under their properties.

Even though you may believe you own your own plot of land, the fact is that you may only own what is on the surface and not what’s beneath

Can anyone provide any more guidance? – did you get a letter and have you tried selling your house since or remortgaging?

8 thoughts on “Raunds Properties and Duchy Manorial Rights

  • Sheila Coles
    23rd February 2019 at 3:21 pm

    We received a letter a few years ago, asked our solicitor about it and was advised that although they may have an ancient right the chance of it being used is so slight that we should not worry about it

    • Patricia Anthony
      23rd February 2019 at 6:49 pm

      Sheila Coles we received the same we’re told not to worry as nothing will ever become of it

    • Mary Richardson
      23rd February 2019 at 7:14 pm

      Sheila Coles same here Pat. Told not to bother about it as it was most unlikely to ever affect us.

  • Sam Walters
    23rd February 2019 at 4:20 pm

    From what I have been told in the past the Duchy of Lancaster owns much of the land around here and has the rights of anything that is of value underground.

  • Barry Carter
    24th February 2019 at 9:06 am

    They’ll be fracking the land – before you know it sink holes will start appearing

  • Cara Langley
    24th February 2019 at 12:58 pm

    We had the same on our house just had to pay to insure it 🙄 £125!! Wen we brought the house just under 3yrs ago it never came up though or ins already covered the land! Could all be living on gold mine 🤣


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