Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service has recently completed a project, funded by The National Archives, to update, correct and computerise the Manorial Documents Register for Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

The Manorial Documents Register is the official register of manorial documents for England and Wales, containing information about the nature and location of surviving documents. Begun in the 1920s, The National Archives now runs a long-term project to computerise it on a county-by-county basis. This means that more detailed and accurate information about these fascinating and underused documents will be available to a much wider audience.

Worcestershire is now available online, and Herefordshire will be available later this year.

To search the database, go to The National Archives’ Manorial Documents Register website: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/manor-search. Information on the background of the Register, and how to locate and use manorial documents, is also available on the website.