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borough (1990 pop. 10,742), seat of Monmouth co., E central N.J.; settled c.1650, called Monmouth Courthouse (1715–1801), inc. as a town 1869, as a borough 1919. A former farm-trade and factory center, the borough is now a commercial hub for fast-growing surrounding Freehold Township and neighboring suburbs. St. Peter's Episcopal Church dates from c.1683. The Revolutionary War battle of Monmouth (see Monmouth, battle ofMonmouth, battle of,
in the American Revolution, fought June 28, 1778, near the village of Monmouth Courthouse (now Freehold, N.J.). Gen. George Washington chose this location to attack the British troops, who were retreating from Philadelphia to New York City. Gen.
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) took place nearby in 1778.


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in law, manner in which property in land is held. The nature of tenure has long been of great importance, both in law and in the broader economic and political context.
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a term for various forms of feudal landholding in medieval England. The concept of freehold in English common law included the holdings possessed by knights on condition of military service, the rented lands held by peasants and urban dwellers, and the holdings of the church. In a narrower sense, a freehold was a free holding within a manor; it was juridically contrasted to the holding of a villein and, from the 15th century, to the copyhold.

The peasant freeholder characteristically enjoyed personal freedom and the right of defense in the royal courts. He paid a relatively low fixed rent and had the right to dispose freely of his holding through devisal, partition, or alienation. By the late 12th century, these conditions had enabled the most prosperous peasant freeholders to attain a status close to that of petty feudal landowners. At the same time, the process of class differentiation among the peasantry entailed the impoverishment of most small peasant freeholders, whose status was reduced to that of villeins, later known as copyholders. The freehold was the form of landholding that provided the most favorable conditions for the transformation of land into bourgeois property.


1. A form of tenure of property held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life.
2. Property so held.


Property law
a. tenure by which land is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life
b. an estate held by such tenure
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The MP claimed that residents of Harrow View West were told by the developer, Persimmon Homes, that the entire site would be sold leasehold to retain the aesthetics of the development, but many homes were subsequently sold on a freehold basis.
especially where the trust and the leaseholders are both willing and agree to progress either lease extensions or the purchase of the house freeholds.
These freeholds remained the property of the town until Kirklees Council sold 10,000 of them to a company called City and Metropolitan (Huddersfield) Ltd, of London, on March 23, 1994.
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The Land Registry has on record that William Leech (Investments) of Newcastle own the freehold, but the company say it's nothing to do with them.
But there has been a reduction of the last two years by selling their freehold assets.
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HBG was prepared to put its money where its mouth was and speculate, rather than waiting for design and build opportunities, and this approach has paid off, particularly as HBG Properties was prepared to sell the freeholds,' said Chris Cocks, an associate director of Chesterton.
First the combination of the buoyant residential housing market and second the lack of quality freeholds available to the private buyer.
Our record deal value shows that freeholds continue to be most sought after by industrial and distribution occupiers, with the leasehold market struggling,' said Mr Matthews.
According to Charles Brookes, commercial agency partner with Curry & Partners, the deal shows that office freeholds are continuing to sell strongly in Birmingham -but only if they are realistically priced, attractively presented and sensibly marketed.