Fancy being the Lord of Snow Hill?

Peter Mumford, the Seigneur, or ‘Lord’, of the Fief de la Rondiole, has put his title up for sale and is seeking offers in the region of £25,000.

The fief – an area of land for which residents once paid a subscription or rendered services to the Seigneur in return for the right to farm or graze livestock on it – is in St Helier and sits between Snow Hill, Hill Street, Halkett Street and Queen Street.

It is being sold through the London firm of Manorial Auctioneers, which is part of the Manorial Society of Great Britain, and it is understood that an offer has already been received from a Frenchman.

Traditionally fiefs, parcels of land, were granted as a form of lordship, giving Seigneurs rights over people and property on that land under the feudal system. Land and rights would be granted by the Sovereign in return for certain payments or obligations, which could include military support, duties or provisions of goods.

The new Seigneur – or Dame – of La Rondiole will be able to use the title on their passports, chequebooks and credit cards and they will be eligible for membership of the Manorial Society of Great Britain. But although the title still exists, the associated rights and obligations have long since been abandoned.

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