presentations

Latin, presentatio.

The presentation was a
customary payment of fish. All occurrences except one were in Cambridgeshire, the exception being in the neighbouring county of Huntingdonshire. It is unclear, therefore, whether this is a localised custom or a vocabulary peculiar to the area.

At a later date, customary presentations of food were common on manors in many parts of the country; presentations of fish may have been a local variant of such customs, appropriate in fenland areas.

For these customary presents of food, see N. Nielson, Customary rents (1910).
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