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.

Date Source Owner/Buyer Occupier Comment
1552 48458  Pirton Manor Court Roll John Hanscombe sold to Robert Hanscombe John died and left the tenement called Dix to his son Robert..lease for 30 years,
1558 48456 Pirton Manor Court Roll Robert Hanscombe sold to John Hanscombe Robert died left it to son John who is a minor aged 8 so Agnes Hunt widow former wife of John Hunt  holds it until,
1580 48459 Pirton Manor Court Roll John Hanscombe sold to Christopher Farmer John sold to Christopher Farmer,
1599 DE 75 Pirton Manor Court Roll Christopher Farmer sold to Thomas Farmer  Thomas Farmer sen Cottage 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,
1600 46544 rentall Thomas Farmer  Rent of cottage 1shilling
1610 48545 rentall Thomas Farmer Rent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
1628 48546 rentall Thomas Farmer Rent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
1639 48483  Pirton Manor Court Roll Thomas 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  ,
1650 48547 rentall Thomas Farmer Rent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
1661 Pirton Manor Court Roll Thomas 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
1663 Hearth tax  Thomas Farmer Thomas  an old cottager pays tax on two hearths
1670 48548 rentall Thomas Farmer Rent of cottage and 7 roods1shilling
1670 De 13 Rentall Thomas Farmer Rent 1 shilling
1693 48549 rentall Thomas Farmer Rent 3 shillings
1704 48550  rentall Thomas Farmer Rent 3 shillings
1705 48500 Pirton manor court book Thomas Farmer Robert Farmer Thomas Farmer senior surrendered the property to the use of his will in which he devised the property to his son, Thomas Farmer
1714 48500 Pirton manor court book Thomas Farmer sold to John Farmer  Edmund Simkins Thomas 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
1720 rentall Edmund Simkins Annual rent 1 shilling 4 years in arrears 4 shillings at michelmas 1757
1721 Quit rents John Farmer
1727 48500  Pirton manor court book John Farmer  sold to Edmund Simkins Edmund Simkins John sells to Edmund Simkins, butcher who supplied the workhouse with nine stone of beefe  at 18 shillings in 1758
1733 DE 14 Rentall Edmund Simkins Rent 12d
1757 Rentall Edmund Simkins Edmund Simkins Annual rent 1 shilling 4 years in arrears 4 shillings at Michaelmas 1757
1758 Rentall Edmund Simkins Annual rent 1 shilling 1 years in arrears 1 shillings at Michaelmas 1758
1761 Rentall Edmund Simkins Annual rent 1 shilling 1 years in arrears 1 shillings at Michaelmas 1761. rent paid 1s 6d
1764 48500  Pirton manor court book Edmund Simkins sold to Susannah Simkins Susannah Simkins Edmund leaves the cottage to his widow Susannah
1764 48500  Pirton manor court book Susannah Simkins sold to John Crouch John Crouch Susannah 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
1765 Rentall Edmund Simkins Annual rent 1 shilling   4 years in arrears 4 shillings at Michaelmas 1765. rent paid 4s
1769 48500  Pirton manor court book John Crouch sold to John Crouch John Crouch John mortgages the property to John Noddings
1785 48500  Pirton manor court book John Crouch sold to Charles Baron John Crouch John sells the property to Charles Baron
1789 48500  Pirton manor court book Charles Baron sold to John Throssell Richard Smith Charles leaves the property to his nephew John Throssell. Richard Smith was the workhouse master from 1781 to 1787.
1811 Pre enclosure award John Throssell James Dawson Elizabeth Dawson Homestead 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. ,
1818 Enclosure award John Throssell James Dawson The 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.,
1826 Land tax James Dawson  James Dawson Land tax 4 shillings and sixpence
1830 Land tax James Dawson  James Dawson Land tax 4 shillings and sixpence
1832 register of electors  James Dawson Near Little Green, at the end of that lane cottages lease
1833 register of electors  James Dawson
1834 register of electors  James Dawson
1835 register of electors  James Dawson
1836 register of electors  James Dawson
1838 register of electors  James Dawson
1841 Census James Dawson  Family size.6 James is a widower and Rebecca Throssell his daughter, her husband George and family is living with him
1851 Census James Dawson  Family size…9 James is a widower and Rebecca Throssell his daughter, her husband George and family is living with him
1861 Census George Throssell  Family size…9
1863 Rates Sarah Throssell  George Throssell House and land,1 acre rateable value £6.16s
1863 rates Sarah Throssell George Throssell House And Land
1871 Census  James Wilson George Throssell Household size…6
1877 Sanitation  report Stafford Allen James Wilson Samuel Baines Thomas Gazeley Wilson 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.,
1877 sanitation Stafford Allen James Wilson 1/2Shared Cottage With Garden. 1/2 Shared Well, Drainage-Dumb Well. 4 Inmates Sharing 1 Living Rooms, 1 Sleeping Rooms And 1/2 Shared Privy
1881 Census Thomas Gazeley George Stapleton
1883 School admission register Martha  Wilson born 24/4/1874  living with James  Wilson
1884 School admission register John  Gazeley born 25/4/1876  living with James  Gazeley
1885 School admission register Agnes  Gazeley born 5/3/1878  living with James  Gazeley
1886 School Admissions Jane Goldsmith Jane 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
1887 School Admissions Florence Stapleton Florence Stapleton born 28th May 1883 entered Pirton Board School
1887 School admission register Jennie  Gazeley born 21/9/1879  living with James  Gazeley
1887 School admission books Sydney Gazeley  living with James  Gazeley
1887 School admission books Florence Stapleton  living with George  Stapleton
1888 School Admissions Lily Stapleton Lily Stapleton born 1886 entered Pirton Board School
1888 School admission books Lily Stapleton  living with George  Stapleton
1890 Allen Land Sale Stafford Allen Thomas Gazeley 2 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
1890 School Admissions Frederick Tarrier Ida Tarrier Walter Tarrier Archibald Tarrier Frederick 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
1890 Land sales Stafford 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
1891 Census  William Tarrier Thomas Gazeley Family size…4 Family size…5
1891 School admission register Florence  Stapleton born 28/5/1883  living with George  Stapleton
1894 School admission register Lily  Stapleton born 19/5/1886  living with George  Stapleton
1901 Census William Goldsmith Elizabeth Stapleton Family size ..10 in 4 rooms Family size…3
1909 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1910 Rates  sold to Sarah King of  Square House,Uxbridge, Middx William Goldsmith William Stapleton The building has been divided  into 2 cottages With 22 perches of land. each,
1910 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1910 rates  S King William  Goldsmith Cottage
1911 Census  Elizabeth Stapleton Emma Goldsmith Family size ..6 in 4 rooms Family size…5 in 5 rooms
1911 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1911 School admission register George  Arnold born 29/11/1903 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Joseph  Arnold
1912 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1913 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1914 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1915 register of electors  William Stapleton Little Green dwelling house
1915 School admission register Alice  Arnold born 19/9/1907 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Joseph  Arnold
1924 School admission register Kenneth  Cyril Goldsmith born 25/5/1916 Last school – Pirton Junior,  living with Frank  Goldsmith
1924 School admission register Ronald  Goldsmith born 1/12/1914 Last school – Pirton Junior,  living with Frank  Goldsmith
1935 rates A Burton Frank Goldsmith Cottage And Premises
1936 Rates  sold to Mrs A. Burton Frank Goldsmith Joseph Arnold  2 cottages and premises Rateable value £5
1980 House Sale Peter & Sally Lake sold to Rod& Rosie Hamilton-McCleod Peter & Sally Lake Rogers Sale details
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