In Medieval England, these Courts (or Assemblies) – where formed and administered by The Lord of The Manor (Baron) – over his Tenants and lands. The primary business of these Court's were to uphold the continuing “Customs of The Manor”. These customs were the paying of taxes, rents (and enforcing the payment of both!). The Steward was the presiding Court Officer and and Recorder (a Baliff of sorts). All judgments and agreements were record on rolls of parchment and stored for future use.