Over a series of blog posts we will be sharing
with you what we have been doing whilst working from home, and giving you an
insight into some of the interesting collections and items we have come across
whilst the Record Office has been closed.
Look up ‘peppercorn rent’ online and you will see it defined as a very low or nominal amount of money to be paid as rent, often used when renting to a family member or friend. This type of charge is not related to the value of the piece of land or building being rented, but is enough of an exchange for the purposes of a legal contract and maintains a formal landlord/tenant relationship.
In this document from the late C12th early C13th payment of two white gloves or one penny is requested:
If you would like to read some other amusing examples of peppercorn rents and the feudal system of land ownership, take a look at this JSTOR Daily article. Maybe that’s why sprouts became a popular Christmas vegetable..?