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Land & Property

Post Number:#1  Postby mark » Tue Aug 02, 2022 5:23 pm

Hid [Hide]

A Hide, also known as or equivalent to a Plough, Plougland or Carucate is a notational area of farm land usually in the region of around 120 Old English acres (about 30 modern acres), but subject to great variety.

A hide is sufficient land to support one family, worked by one plough & oxen team, and that ownership/leasing of a hide is assumed to confer the status of 'freeman'.

The land may be rented, the exact rental amount being set by the Earl, but very commonly it is one pound (240d) per hide annually (in advance). A hide may be subdivided into 4 yardlands or virgates, on which the rent would be 60d each annually. There generally is no tithe, tax or other obligations on the rental income.

Whoever occupies the land (at least in Christian lands) must pay a tithe (10%) to the Church, which is generally paid in goods rather than silver or coins. The tithe is usually delivered at harvest time(s) to the local tithe hall/barn, manorial lord's barn or directly to the local church.

Also, the land occupiers (tenants or landowners) have landgeld (literally land tax) obligations. These are military service, fortress/garrison work, and bridge repair. Each of these obligations are for two weeks; a total of six weeks per year per landholding man. According to the law, a man shall pay a fine of 30 shillings (360d) for neglecting military service.In emergencies, such as war or invasion etc., the Earl may demand a tax in coin to be raised.

The standard price of a hide is commonly around 2,880d, and the standard price of a virgate is commonly around 720d, depending on location of course. The land will mostly consist of farmland, with less than 10% scattered wooded copses and some hedgerows. There may be additional common land rights, but typically only a hide on has right of access and to water.

The land may or may not include structures and dwellings.

Standard Price: approx. 2,880d
Annual Rent: 240d
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Re: Land & Property

Post Number:#2  Postby mark » Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:26 am

Sel [Hovel/Shack]

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The most humble of semi-permanent dwellings, a shack, shed or hovel. Quickly constructed out of any materials available, wood, thatch, turf, bark, straw, mud, dung, hide and so on. Can just about provide shelter from the elements for a few people. These types of structures are common in the poorer districts of larger cities and also on remote shepherd's pastures. Typically include a very small yard or animal pen.

Standard Price: 100d
Weekly Rent: 10d
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Post Number:#3  Postby mark » Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:37 am

Skáli [Cabin/Cottage/Barn]

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A cabin, cottage or barn are a more substantial and better constructed buildings. Usually made of of more worked materials, like planks, wattle & daub, usually thatch roofed or possibly even tiled in some regions. They are generally bigger than a shack and can accommodate a small family. This sort of dwelling almost always has a few animal pens and probably a small kitchen-garden. It is the type of structure often found on a hide of land.

Standard Price: 750d/1,250d/2,500d
Weekly Rent: 15d/25d/30d
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Post Number:#4  Postby mark » Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:49 am

[House/Apartment]

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A house, apartment, or small hall, is a decent sized dwelling suitable to accommodate a large family. There will typically be two additional rooms as well as the main chamber serving either as storage or bedrooms. This type of structure is often part of a farmstead and might be found serving an extended family who rent/own several hides of land. Might include an adjacent structure for storage like a barn, pasture, animal pens, as well as a fair-sized herb and vegetable enclosures.

Standard Price: 3,000d/5,000d/7,500d
Weekly Rent: 30d/50d/75d
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Re: Land & Property

Post Number:#5  Postby mark » Wed Aug 03, 2022 12:04 pm

(Stórr) Hǫll [(Great) Hall/Mansion/Villa]

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Halls vary in size, but they are usually always bigger than a house. Houses are suitable accommodation for a small entourage or perhaps several extended families. These types of structures are often used by manorial lords, large extended or wealthy families, taverns, guilds, thanes, earls/jarls and even kings. Typically they will have four additional rooms as well as the common chamber. They may come with nearby or adjacent stables, barns, paddocks, pastures, an extensive herb & vegetable plot, animal pens, orchards and so on. These additional structures are often arranged as a compound, to create a more secure inner enclosure or courtyard. Sometime there will also be a ditch and fence protecting the hall.

Standard Price: 20,000d/50,000d/200,000d
Weekly Rent: 100d/250d/1,000d
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Re: Land & Property

Post Number:#6  Postby mark » Sun Sep 04, 2022 4:04 pm

Typical Building Costs

Exact figures may vary considerably, depending on the local economic situation, availability & type of materials used, access to a labour market and mostly due to the location of the plot the structure is to be built on etc., city plots generally being the most expensive. The following figures serve as a rough estimate of the breakdown of standard costs.

Example Percentages of Total Property Value:
  • Plot of land, 35%
  • Materials, 35%
  • Labour, 30%
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