Manor Suit Rolls are records of the attendance of the population at Manor Courts where they would have to pay a small fee. Attendance was mandatory for tenants of the manor and if it was not possible a valid excuse would have to be sent and a fine for non-attendance paid. The attendance record shows that many people preferred to send excuses rather than make the trip to the Court. The abbreviation 'Ess' is seen against many names and was short for Essoin meaning excuse. Where a person attended either the entry is left blank or the abbreviation 'App', meaning appear, was inserted against the name.
The Manor Court would also be used to settle disputes and a Jury would sit to pass verdicts on the various cases. The Jury would consist of people attending the Court and when a person sat on the jury it was shown by an entry against their name.
The following shows the record for the Drury family as entered in the Roll (Note: numbers denote the entry number not the house number)
|Drury James (No.170)||Ess||Ess||Jury|
|Drury Joseph (No.307)||Ess|
|Drury Jos. New Row (No.169)||Ess||Ess||Jury||Ess||Ess|
|Drury Wm. Albion Row (No.281)||App|
|Drury James New Row (No.179)||Jury||Ess||Ess||Jury||App|
|Drury Wm. Albion Row (No.292)||(deleted)|
|Drury Widow Albion Row (No.320)||App||Ess
|Drury James New Row (No.179)||Jury||pd