To the west of the town lies Woburn Park, the demesne of Woburn Abbey,.
Land held in ancient demesne is sometimes also called customary freehold.
In 1087 the king held the manor of Wendover, and therefore it belonged to the ancient demesne of the crown.
The demesne of Studley Royal (marquess of Ripon) contains the ruins.
In English legal history, "ancient" tenure or demesne refers to what was crown property in the time of Edward the Confessor or William the Conqueror.