Originally, the associated agricultural goods were mostly outside of fortifications or castles and immediately in front of them and were therefore often referred to as " Vorwerk " (earlier spelling often: "Vorwerck"). Later, the term was generally used until the 18th century for manors with farms or individual farms . On larger estates with extensive land areas, there were often smaller and distant branches in addition to the main business. Towards the end of the 18th century, these were also often referred to as “Vorwerk”; in the 19th century the term was only used in this sense. In place names and field names , the word can still be present in its old meaning.
A term for Vorwerk that is occasionally used in official documents is pertinentia (accessory).
- Hans-Heinrich Müller : Domains and domain tenants in Brandenburg-Prussia in the 18th century. In: O. Büsch, W. Neugebauer: Modern Prussian History , Vol. 1. de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 1981, ISBN 3-11-008324-8 .
- Johann Christoph Adelung : Grammatical-Critical Dictionary of High German Dialect , Volume 4, Dresden 1793, Sp. 1313, ( Link zum Wörterbuchnetz.de )
- JG Krünitz : Oeconomische Encyclopädie , 1773-1858 ( article “Vorwerk” in the Oeconomische Encyclopädie online ).
- E. Habel, F. Gröbel: Middle Latin glossary. Schöningh UTB, 1989 (unaltered reprint 2008), column 287.