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a form of land rental in England.
Leasehold began to develop in the late Middle Ages, when direct cultivation of the lord’s manor with serf labor came to an end. The lords began to rent out their domain as a whole to one person (a big leasehold, which in time became the capitalist form of farm rental) or to several persons (small peasant leaseholds). Rentals “at the will of the lord” for terms of from one to three years were most common in the latter category. The holders of such rentals were among the first to be driven from the land in the late 15th and 16th centuries by enclosures.