Home Ownership - 28 Shillington Road

The table below gives details about who owned and occupied the house. The sources for information vary; the records pre 1800 are mainly manor court rolls. Every time a property changed hands, even between family members, the transaction had to be recorded at the manorial court. The names of those who surrendered and those who were admitted and the entry fines they paid were written in the rolls of parchment by the clerk. An entry fine was paid to the lord of the manor and the new owner was given a written copy of the transaction, hence the term copyhold.

All records were in abbreviated medieval latin until 1752 except for a short period during the commonwealth between 1650 and 1660.Freehold property is rarely mentioned but can sometimes be found in the manor rentals. It is difficult to trace the history of a house as addresses are never given ad therefore the only way is to use the owners name or very occasionally the name of the house.

Post 1800 there are many more sources of information although actual addresses are not used until mid 20th century. One method of identifying a house in the records is by the description of the land that went with it or the annual rent paid to the lord of the manor which often didn’t change over a hundred years.

The table is arranged over five columns. The first gives the year of the record and the second is the source document sometimes with a reference number. The next two columns record the transfer of ownership and the occupier of the property. Click on the names to link to the people database. Sometimes there is no link to the database so go to the people page on the top navigation bar and simply type in the name you are searching for. The search function returns all documents where the name searched for appears in that document. Click on a name match to view the document in which that name appears. When viewing a record that contains other names, it is possible to perform a new search on that name by clicking on the name link.

The last column shows information about the property and any comments.

DateSourceOwner/BuyerOccupierComment
163448778 Rectory manor court bookThomas Hanscombe sold to James MannJames Mann’s wife Elizabeth  is Thomas Hanscome’s daughter.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
166848778 Rectory manor court bookJames Mann sold to Thomas MannJames MannThomas Mann of London , horner , is James Mann’s brother.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
167448778 Rectory manor court bookThomas Mann sold to William MannJames MannThomas Mann is dead & so is his son & heir Thomas Mann so William Mann son of James Mann[ brother of Thomas Mann sen] inherits.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
167548778 Rectory manor court bookThomas Mann sold to William MannJames MannThomas Mann is dead & so is his son & heir Thomas Mann so William Mann son of James Mann[ brother of Thomas Mann sen] inherits.
168248778 Rectory manor court bookWilliam Mann sold to Joan TurnerWilliam HarrisWilliam surrenders to use of Joan Turner his mother for her life ,now wife of Michael Turner after the decease of Michael.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
169348778 Rectory manor court bookWilliam Mann sold to Hamlet Audleyconditional surrender.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
169348778 Rectory manor court bookWilliam Mann sold to Hamlet Audleyconditional surrender.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
169648778 Rectory manor court bookHamlet Audley sold to Edward PlumerEdward Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
169648778 Rectory manor court bookHamlet Audley sold to Edward PlumerEdward  Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
170748778 Rectory manor court bookWilliam Mann sold to Sarah ConawaySarah [wife of  John Conaway] is sister & heir of Hamlet Audley dec.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1710448778 Rectory manor court bookEdward Plumer sold to John FerrianFrancis ArnoldEdward Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
171048778 Rectory manor court bookEdward Plumer sold to John FerrianJohn BaldockEdward Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Cottage is adjoining messuage
172648778 Rectory manor court bookWilliam Mann sold to Sarah Conawaysarah [wife of  John Conaway] is sister & heir of Hamlet Audley dec.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
175348778 Rectory manor court bookJohn  Ferrian sold to John Ferrian
178048778 Rectory manor court bookJohn Ferrian sold to Thomas FerrianThomas is John’s brother.
17841784 pollbookJoseph Eyre Esq Of London Thomas Furrian
1811Pre enclosureJohn WrightJohn WoolstonHomestead and croft.
1818Enclosure AwardJohn WrightJohn Woolstonhouse, yard and croft 3 roods and 2 perches.
1826Land taxJohn Wright juniorJohn Woolstonhouse & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1827Land taxJohn Wright juniorJohn Woolstonhouse & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1828Land taxJohn Wright juniorJohn Woolston juniorhouse & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1830Land taxJohn Wright juniorJohn Woolston juniorhouse & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1832register of electors John Lines John WoolstonNear Burge End. house and land freehold
1833register of electors John LinesNear Burge End. house and premises freehold
1834register of electors John LinesNear Burge End. house and premises freehold
1835register of electors John LinesNear Burge End. house and premises freehold
1836register of electors John Lines Thomas HipgraveNear Burge End. house and land freehold
1837register of electors John Lines Thomas HipgraveBurgend leading  to house and land freehold
1838register of electors John Lines Thomas HipgraveBurgend leading  to house and land freehold
1839register of electors John LinesBurgend leading  to house and land freehold
1841census
1846register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1847register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1849register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1850register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1851censusWilliam Stapleton Bakery
18511851 censusHenry  Palmer – Baker
1851register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1852register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1853register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1854register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1855register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1857register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1858register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1859register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1860register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1861censusWilliam Stapleton Family of 6     Family of 3.   Bakery
18611861 censusThomas  Ashton – Baker
1861register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1863ratesGeorge LinesGeorge Dawson  Divided into 2 cottages .
18631863 ratesGeorge LinesThomas AshtonCottage & Bakehouse
1864register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1865register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1866register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1867register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1868register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1869register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1871censusGeorge DawsonBoth are families of 6.
18711871 censusThomas  Ashton – Baker
1871register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1872register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1873register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1874register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1875register of electors George  LinesNear Burge End
1876register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1877sanitation William Lines of Chibley Farm Shillington Samuel Jarvis   James Walker Divided into 2 cottages 1 cottage 2  living room, 2 sleeping room , 7 inmates 1 cottage 2  living room, 2 sleeping room , 3 inmates .  Privy and well for each.  No drainage
18771877 sanitationWilliam LinesSamuel Jarvis1/2Cottages With Garden. Well, Drainage-None. 7 Inmates Sharing 2 Living Rooms, 2 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1877School admission registerLaura  Jarvis born 27/1/1866 living with Samuel  Jarvis
1877register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1878register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1879register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1880register of electors George Lines James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1880register of electors George Lines James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1881censusSamuel Jarvis   James WalkerDivided into 2 cottages 1 cottage, 9 in family  1 cottage 4 in in family .
18811881 censusJames  Walker – Baker
1881register of electors George LinesNear Burge End
1882register of electors George Lines James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1883register of electors George Lines James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1884register of electors George Lines James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1884register of electors Arthur William LinesNear Burge End
1885School admission registerFrank  Walker born 26/5/1877 living with James  Walker
1885register of electors George Lines James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1885register of electors Arthur William LinesNear Burge End
1886School admission booksDaisy Walker  born living with James  Walker
1886register of electors James Walker jnrNear Burge End
1887School admission booksHubert Walker  born living with James  Walker
1889School admission booksIda Walker  born living with James  Walker
1891censusSamuel Jarvis  James Walker 
18911891 censusJames  Walker – Baker
1893School admission booksJesse Walker  born living with James  Walker
1894School admission registerIda  Walker born 22/12/1886 living with James  Walker
1898School admission registerJesse  Walker born 14/4/1889 living with James  Walker
1901censusJoseph Carter Frank WalkerFamily size 4  Family size 3.    House used as a bakery
19011901 censusFrank Abram Walker – Master Baker Bread
1908School admission registerEva  Walker born 21/6/1899Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1909School admission registerEdwin  Walker born 20/11/1901Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1909register of electors Arthur Lines Frank Walkernear Burge End dwelling house
1910ratesArthur Lines  Pegsdon Villa, Chiltern rd, Hitchin Joseph Carter Frank WalkerCottage and garden. 33 perches  Cottage and bakery.25 perches  James Walker Frank’s father rented the properties land and buildings 4 acres 3 roods 7 perches.
1910School admission registerReginald  Walker born 7/12/1903Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1910register of electors Arthur Lines Frank WalkerNear Burge End. dwelling house
1911censusFrankWalkerFamily size 5, House used as a bakery
1911register of electors Arthur Lines Frank WalkerNear Burge End. dwelling house
1912register of electors Arthur Lines Frank WalkerNear Burge End. dwelling house
1912register of electors Jane WalkerNear Burge End. house
1913School admission registerIvy  Walker born 20/9/1906Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1913register of electors Arthur Lines Frank WalkerNear Burge End. dwelling house
1914register of electors Arthur Lines Frank WalkerNear Burge End. dwelling house
1915register of electors Arthur Lines Frank WalkerNear Burge End. dwelling house
1920School admission registerDaisy  Walker born 27/1/1912Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
19351935 ratesThomas LakeThomas LakeTom delivered milk and was married to Miriam.  Rateable value £5
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