Home Ownership - 7 Walnut Tree 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
155248458  Pirton Manor Court RollJohn Hanscombe sold to Robert HanscombeJohn died and left the tenement called Dix to his son Robert..lease for 30 years,
155848456 Pirton Manor Court RollRobert Hanscombe sold to John HanscombeRobert died left it to son John who is a minor aged 8 so Agnes Hunt widow former wife of John Hunt  holds it until,
158048459 Pirton Manor Court RollJohn Hanscombe sold to Christopher FarmerJohn sold to Christopher Farmer,
1599DE 75 Pirton Manor Court RollChristopher Farmer sold to Thomas Farmer Thomas Farmer senCottage at Green End. Christopher Farmer, who held the cottage, died since the last court; that Thomas Farmer is his son and next heir and of full age,
160046544 rentallThomas Farmer Rent of cottage 1shilling
161048545 rentallThomas FarmerRent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
162848546 rentallThomas FarmerRent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
163948483  Pirton Manor Court RollThomas Farmer senior  sold to Thomas Farmer junior a messuage with appurtenances at  Greene End in which Thomas senior  recently lived with all land and tenants pertaining at an annual rent of 12d, surrendered through Christopher Farmer  ,
165048547 rentallThomas FarmerRent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
1661Pirton Manor Court RollThomas Farmer senior  Thomas Farmer the elder held a messuage or tenement at Greene End in Pirton and several pieces of land in Pirton to which he was admitted on 22 July 1661 at a rent of 3 shillings 1 penny by 4 copies of court roll
1663Hearth tax Thomas FarmerThomas  an old cottager pays tax on two hearths
167048548 rentallThomas FarmerRent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
1670De 13 RentallThomas FarmerRent 1 shilling
169348549 rentallThomas FarmerRent 3 shillings
170448550  rentallThomas FarmerRent 3 shillings
170548500 Pirton manor court bookThomas FarmerRobert FarmerThomas Farmer senior surrendered the property to the use of his will in which he devised the property to his son, Thomas Farmer
171448500 Pirton manor court bookThomas Farmer sold to John Farmer Edmund SimkinsThomas senior leaves the cottage to his son Thomas junior but the son dies before his father and he has no children. Therefore it goes to Thomas’  elder brother John Farmer
1720rentallEdmund SimkinsAnnual rent 1 shilling 4 years in arrears 4 shillings at michelmas 1757
1721Quit rentsJohn Farmer
172748500  Pirton manor court bookJohn Farmer  sold to Edmund SimkinsEdmund SimkinsJohn sells to Edmund Simkins, butcher who supplied the workhouse with nine stone of beefe  at 18 shillings in 1758
1733DE 14 RentallEdmund SimkinsRent 12d
1757RentallEdmund SimkinsEdmund SimkinsAnnual rent 1 shilling 4 years in arrears 4 shillings at Michaelmas 1757
1758RentallEdmund SimkinsAnnual rent 1 shilling 1 years in arrears 1 shillings at Michaelmas 1758
1761RentallEdmund SimkinsAnnual rent 1 shilling 1 years in arrears 1 shillings at Michaelmas 1761. rent paid 1s 6d
176448500  Pirton manor court bookEdmund Simkins sold to Susannah SimkinsSusannah SimkinsEdmund leaves the cottage to his widow Susannah
176448500  Pirton manor court bookSusannah Simkins sold to John CrouchJohn CrouchSusannah immediately sells to John Crouch, a cordwainer. John had been making shoes for the poor of the village since 1740. He charged 2s for a child’s shoes,2s.6d for womens and 4s for mens, with 10d extra for nails
1765RentallEdmund SimkinsAnnual rent 1 shilling   4 years in arrears 4 shillings at Michaelmas 1765. rent paid 4s
176948500  Pirton manor court bookJohn Crouch sold to John CrouchJohn CrouchJohn mortgages the property to John Noddings
178548500  Pirton manor court bookJohn Crouch sold to Charles BaronJohn CrouchJohn sells the property to Charles Baron
178948500  Pirton manor court bookCharles Baron sold to John ThrossellRichard SmithCharles leaves the property to his nephew John Throssell. Richard Smith was the workhouse master from 1781 to 1787.
1811Pre enclosure awardJohn ThrossellJames Dawson Elizabeth DawsonHomestead and orchard on the green. James is a shoemaker, he moved to Pirton from Banbury before 1805. His wife Elizabeth died in June 1814.  His eldest son William Dawson taught in the British School held in Docwra Manor. ,
1818Enclosure awardJohn ThrossellJames DawsonThe prices of his shoes varied from 9s for a pair of high shoes and 19s6d for a pair of men’s shoes and 6s.3d for women’s shoes as shown in the overseers account book.,
1826Land taxJames Dawson James DawsonLand tax 4 shillings and sixpence
1830Land taxJames Dawson James DawsonLand tax 4 shillings and sixpence
1832register of electors James DawsonNear Little Green, at the end of that lane cottages lease
1833register of electors James Dawson
1834register of electors James Dawson
1835register of electors James Dawson
1836register of electors James Dawson
1838register of electors James Dawson
1841CensusJames Dawson Family size.6 James is a widower and Rebecca Throssell his daughter, her husband George and family is living with him
1851CensusJames Dawson Family size…9 James is a widower and Rebecca Throssell his daughter, her husband George and family is living with him
1861CensusGeorge Throssell Family size…9
1863RatesSarah Throssell George ThrossellHouse and land,1 acre rateable value £6.16s
1863ratesSarah ThrossellGeorge ThrossellHouse And Land
1871Census James Wilson George ThrossellHousehold size…6
1877Sanitation  reportStafford AllenJames Wilson Samuel Baines Thomas GazeleyWilson and Baines shared the left hand cottage and Gazeley the right. 1 shared well and privy for 13 people and dumb well needs cleaning. Gazeley is a shoemaker.,
1877sanitationStafford AllenJames Wilson1/2Shared Cottage With Garden. 1/2 Shared Well, Drainage-Dumb Well. 4 Inmates Sharing 1 Living Rooms, 1 Sleeping Rooms And 1/2 Shared Privy
1881CensusThomas Gazeley George Stapleton
1883School admission registerMartha  Wilson born 24/4/1874 living with James  Wilson
1884School admission registerJohn  Gazeley born 25/4/1876 living with James  Gazeley
1885School admission registerAgnes  Gazeley born 5/3/1878 living with James  Gazeley
1886School AdmissionsJane GoldsmithJane Goldsmith born August  1883entered Pirton Board School 1886/7   John Goldsmith born 30 December 1887entered Pirton Board School 1890/1  Willie Goldsmith born 9 September 1885 entered Pirton Board School 1887/88 Edward Goldsmith born  1896 entered Pirton Board School 1899 Susie Goldsmith born 4 May 1892 entered Pirton Board School 1894/5 Sidney Goldsmith born 1894 entered Pirton Board School 1896/7 Bertie Goldsmith born  April 1890 entered Pirton Board School 1892/3
1887School AdmissionsFlorence StapletonFlorence Stapleton born 28th May 1883 entered Pirton Board School
1887School admission registerJennie  Gazeley born 21/9/1879 living with James  Gazeley
1887School admission booksSydney Gazeley living with James  Gazeley
1887School admission booksFlorence Stapleton living with George  Stapleton
1888School AdmissionsLily StapletonLily Stapleton born 1886 entered Pirton Board School
1888School admission booksLily Stapleton living with George  Stapleton
1890Allen Land SaleStafford AllenThomas Gazeley2 brick, lath, plaster, slated and tiled freehold cottages.  Cottage 1 has 2 bedrooms and 2 rooms on the ground floor.  Cottage 2 has 2 bedrooms, 2rooms on the ground floor and a shoemakers shop. Wood barn to each and a pump of water. Annual rent £14.6s
1890School AdmissionsFrederick Tarrier Ida Tarrier Walter Tarrier Archibald TarrierFrederick Tarrier born 31 April 1886 entered Pirton Board School 1890/1 Ida Tarrier born 5 June 1887 entered Pirton Board School 1890/1 Walter Tarrier born April 1889entered Pirton Board School 1892/3 Archibald Tarrier born 3 April 1892 entered Pirton Board School 1894/5
1890Land salesStafford Allen 2 Enclosures Of Large And Productive Garden Ground, In The Rear And At The Sidewood Barn To Each And A Pump Of Water.Cottage 1 Has 2 Bedrooms And 2 Rooms On The Ground Floor. Cottage 2 Has 2 Bedrooms, 2Rooms On The Ground Floor And A Shoemakers Shop.2 Brick, Lath, Plaster, Slated And Tiled Cottages
1891Census William Tarrier Thomas GazeleyFamily size…4 Family size…5
1891School admission registerFlorence  Stapleton born 28/5/1883 living with George  Stapleton
1894School admission registerLily  Stapleton born 19/5/1886 living with George  Stapleton
1901CensusWilliam Goldsmith Elizabeth StapletonFamily size ..10 in 4 rooms Family size…3
1909register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1910Rates sold to Sarah King of  Square House,Uxbridge, MiddxWilliam Goldsmith William StapletonThe building has been divided  into 2 cottages With 22 perches of land. each,
1910register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1910rates S KingWilliam  GoldsmithCottage
1911Census Elizabeth Stapleton Emma GoldsmithFamily size ..6 in 4 rooms Family size…5 in 5 rooms
1911register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1911School admission registerGeorge  Arnold born 29/11/1903Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Joseph  Arnold
1912register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1913register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1914register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1915register of electors William StapletonLittle Green dwelling house
1915School admission registerAlice  Arnold born 19/9/1907Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Joseph  Arnold
1924School admission registerKenneth  Cyril Goldsmith born 25/5/1916Last school – Pirton Junior,  living with Frank  Goldsmith
1924School admission registerRonald  Goldsmith born 1/12/1914Last school – Pirton Junior,  living with Frank  Goldsmith
1935ratesA BurtonFrank GoldsmithCottage And Premises
1936Rates sold to Mrs A. BurtonFrank Goldsmith Joseph Arnold 2 cottages and premises Rateable value £5
1980House SalePeter & Sally Lake sold to Rod& Rosie Hamilton-McCleodPeter & Sally LakeRogers Sale details
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