House Ownership - 35 High Street

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
1811ownersJohn ThrossellWm TitmussHouse And Yard
1818enclosureGeorge Chamberlayne Old Enclosure And Cottage
1818enclosureJohn Throssell House And Yard
1851censusWilliam  Furr – Grocer
1861censusThomas  Cherry – Agricultural Labourer
1861censusThomas  Stapleton – Coal Dealer
1863ratesSamuel AllenThomas CherryCottage
1863ratesSamuel AllenThomas StapletonCottage
1871censusThomas  Stapleton – Grocer
1877sanitationStafford AllenThomas StapletonGrocers Shop With Garden. Well, Drainage-Into Road Drain. 3 Inmates Sharing 3 Living Rooms, 3 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1881censusThomas  Stapleton – Grocer & Dealer
1890Land salesStafford Allen Sold To For £190T.Stapleton/J.OdellGrocer’S Shop A Piece Of Garden Ground In Front And A Yard With Entrance From The Road.   In The Rear Is A Valuable Enclosure Of First-Rate Arable Or Market Garden Land.A Timber And Slated Building Used As As A Stable.  An Open Shed, A Timber And Thatched Building Used As A Barn And Chaff-House.  A Lean-To Hen-House And W.C.  A Stud-Boarded And Slated Meal-House And Harness Room.3 Bedrooms, Sitting Room And Pantry, And A Lean-To Wash-House.  A Large Shop.A Brick-Built And Tiled Dwelling House With Grocer’S Shop1A 1R 28P
1891censusThomas  Stapleton – Gen Dealer
1901censusJohn  Handscombe – Bricklayer
1909register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1909register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1909register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1910register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1910register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1910register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1910ratesJ  HanscombeGeorge  HandscombeCottage
1910ratesJ  HanscombeJohn  HandscombeHouse & Premises
1910ratesJ  HanscombeJohn  HandscombeLand
1911register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1911register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1911register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1911censusGeorge  Handscombe – Carpenter
1911censusJohn  Handscombe – Bricklayer
1912register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1912register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1912register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1913register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1913register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1913register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1914register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1914register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1914register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1915register of electors   George HandscombeWoodbine dwelling house  
1915register of electors John HandscombeWoodbine house  
1915register of electors John Handscombe John HandscombeWoodbine Cottage house freehold 
1935ratesJohn HandscombeJohn HandscombeCottage & Premises
1935school admissions“Woodbine”Kenneth  Kingsley Burton born 6/12/1929 living with Arthur Charles Burton
1935ratesJohn HandscombeWilliam BellCottage & Premises
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