Peppercorn rent


Rent having no money value. [1]

  A peppercorn rent, as one of the nominal items payable by a vassal to his superior, seems to have originated in the feudal ages. The word peppercorn simply denotes anything of inconsiderable value, which freeholders pay their landlord to acknowledge that they held all from him.

     "Folks from mud-wall'd tenement
     "Bring landlords peppercorn for rent." [2]


  1. Hemming, George Wirgman. The Law Reports: Cases Determined in the Chancery Division and in Lunacy. Vol. XXVIII. London: William Clowes and Sons, 1885.
  2. Notes and Queries. 3rd series. Vol. X (July-Dec. 1866). London, 1866.

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