Campaigners stage protest over manorial rights

Campaigners fighting an aristocrat's claims over their homes and land are staging a second protest outside his Hertfordshire estate.

Hertfordshire campaigners camp outside aristocrat's estate in protest over "manorial rights"

The campaigners gather outside Hatfield House today.
The campaigners gather outside Hatfield House today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners fighting an aristocrat's claims over their homes and land are staging a second protest outside his Hertfordshire estate.

Last year, the Marquess of Salisbury decided to legally register his "manorial rights" over land in Welwyn Garden City.

Campaigners are upset at "manorial rights."
Campaigners are upset at "manorial rights." Credit: ITV News Anglia

The protesters have been gathering outside Hatfield House. They want the rights abolished across England and Wales.

"It's 21st century Britain, the serfs have left the building," one campaigner told ITV News Anglia.

"There's just no place for these laws in our society today. They are just plain wrong."

Second protest in campaign against "manorial rights"

Protesters stage a march outside Hatfield House in 2013. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Campaigners fighting an aristocrat's claims over their homes and land will today stage a second protest outside his Hertfordshire estate.

Last year, the Marquess of Salisbury decided to legally register his "manorial rights" over land in Welwyn Garden City.

The protesters, who will gather outside Hatfield House, originally only wanted the Marquess to relinquish those rights, which in theory allow him to hunt, fish and shoot on their land.

But now the so-called Peasants' Revolt is going one step further and aims to have the ancient law abolished across England and Wales.

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