Letter: Put ancient rights ‘in the dustbin’

NILA-LC-100420C4 - Victoria park Ilkeston. r David Manners 11th Duke of Rutland
NILA-LC-100420C4 - Victoria park Ilkeston. r David Manners 11th Duke of Rutland

Like previous letter writers, I too have received correspondence from the Land Registry regarding the manorial rights of the Duke of Rutland in relation to my home.

I have received a UN4 form which I have filled in to appeal against the notice and get it cancelled.

I bought my house 55 years ago and have lived here ever since. Now I suddenly, in my view, have the ground literally taken from under my feet, this is not on.

The so-called ancient rights claimed by the Duke of Rutland should not apply in the modern age and documents like the DN4 should be deposited in the nearest rubbish bin along with the rights.

These so-called ancient rights are an abhorrent misnomer in the modern age and forms like the DN4 should be extinct like dinosaurs. We have moved on from the age of peasants, servants and masters of a bygone age and these are no longer relevant and are now defunct like the British Empire of years gone by. These things that at one time were the norm no longer apply.

Was it right 55 years ago when I bought a plot of land and paid for a house to be built on it and incidentally helped to make the late Stan Healey a millionaire at a young age?

I am not so certain as there was no mention made of the rights at the time, nor was it mentionned on the house deeds.

Mr and Mrs Mellor

Westwick Street