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OU on the BBC: Breaking the Seal - Programme Six - Land records

Updated Sunday, 1st April 2007

Introducing an episode of the 'Breaking the Seal' series which looks at the value of land records and the difficulty of knowing who owns Britain.

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The ultimate owner of all land in the Middle Ages was the King. But today, the pressure on land usage is enormous. Do we know who owns this cramped island now?

In the final programme of the series, which traces the amazing growth of public information and official records through the last thousand years, we look at the constant struggles throughout the ages to determine who actually owns Britain and whether we have the right to know who owns what. Presenter Bettany Hughes finds out why a future government may be forced to compile a 21st century Domesday Book.

Read more in the programme transcript.





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