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Stannary Law: A History of the Mining Law of Cornwall and Devon

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ISBN13: 9780715357835
ISBN: 0715357832
Published: February 1973
Publisher: David & Charles
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



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The miners of tin and other metals in Cornwall and Devon lived in a unique, isolated world of their own, and their system of law governed not only mining operations and transactions, but all aspects of their lives. This law differed in origin and content from the common law of England that ruled all other industries; it was enforced by special local courts—which functioned to some extent until 1896.

This is a full and final assessment of an amazing piece of social and legal history. The story is told for the general reader, but will also satisfy the lawyer or legal historian interested in comparing and contrasting stannary law with England’s common law. The mining institutions are examined, the customary rights of miners to work for tin under bounds, the form and effect of mining setts or leases, the special form of company elaborated to carry on mining (the cost book company), and the rules concerning the refining of tin and the coinage taxation imposed on it.

Robert R. Pennington is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Birmingham. This book is based on his extensive research into stannary court records and legal documents at the Duchy of Cornwall office and at the Royal Institute of Cornwall Museum, as well as at the Public Record Office and Cornwall County Record Office.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Preface
THE STANNARY INSTITUTIONS
The Tin Coinage and the Charters
The Stannary Convocations
The Origin of the Stannary Courts
The Delimitation of the Stannary Jurisdiction during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
The Work of Sir Joseph Tredenham as Vice-Warden
The Stannary Courts in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
Reform, Glory and Decline of the Vice-Warden's Court
TIN BOUNDING
The Creation of Tin Bounds
The Registration and Proclamation of Bounds
Toll Tin
The Renewal of Bounds
The Working of Bounds
MINING SETTS AND LEASES;
Form of Setts 103
The Grantee’s Interest under a Sett
The Obligations of the Parties to a Sett
Forfeiture of Setts
The Mining Leases Bill
THE REFINING AND COINAGE OF TIN;
Contracts for Stamping and Smelting
Convocation Enactments in respect of Smelting Tin
The Tin Coinage
MINING COMPANIES
Origins of the Cost Book Company
The Formation and Organisation of Cost Book Companies
The Working of Cost Book Companies
Shares in Cost Book Companies
Conclusion
References
Appendix:Lord Wardens and Vice-Wardens of the
Stannaries of Cornwall and Devon
Index