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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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see tenuretenure,
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.

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1. A form of tenure of property held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life.
2. Property so held.
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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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It's not unusual for buyers of leasehold properties to find they have taken on a range of obligations, which can include paying an annual ground rent to a freeholder, management fees and accepting certain rules about what they are allowed to do with their own property.
A surveyor may be able to negotiate the premium directly with the freeholder without having to utilise the enfranchisement procedure.
Nicastro said he and Walsh have had several conversations about the issue with the freeholders. They were in attendance at the July 27 meeting and were prepared to reiterate comments the administration had already submitted.
Most leases have a clause stating that alterations must be approved by the freeholder (by them signing a licence to alter), although the lease will probably also say that permission can't reasonably be refused.
Here's some technical info with which to baffle your fellow freeholders - Scala is made of 100 per cent solution-dyed two-ply polypropylene for maximum durability and has been solution dyed for ease of maintenance.
"I think we're doing the right thing now," Freeholder James Lacey told a reporter.
Addressing the electors from his modest farm, he urged the Catholic freeholders to 'rescue' the county from its 'hereditary bondage' and elect him free of expense.
Second, it is hard for me to see how FDR intended Social Security to generate more freeholders. Just the reverse: He carried the day with the argument that, by itself, individual ownership in a dynamic market society did not suffice to guarantee all citizens freedom from want and fear in their old age, let alone the freedom to live apart from their children if they chose.
The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders in New Jersey started planning for the management of their solid wastes in the late 1970s.
A clearing of fifty acres could take over thirty years to make, but promised a comfortable living and upward social mobility.(25) This was true not only for freeholders but also for tenants whose improvements were their most valuable asset and could be sold by them or, in the case of leaseholders, transferred to the next generation.
This week March 10 to March 16 is National Agriculture Week, and to celebrate the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced the Grown in Monmouth Nursery & Garden Center Directory to connect Monmouth businesses with residents and visitors.