Home Ownership - 12-14 Bury End

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 gives any comments.

Date Source     Owner/Buyer Occupier Comment
1811 Pre enclosure Emilius Radcliffe Taylor  and Burr
1818 enclosure Emilius Radcliffe Old enclosure not exchanged;   1 rood 6 perches
1841 census George Hodson  James Hanscombe   Both are agricultural labourers;   
1851 census John Goldsmith  James Hanscombe   Both are agricultural labourers;   
1861 census James Hanscombe  John Goldsmith  Family of 8  Family of 6;   
1863 rates John Goldsmith  James Hanscombe   2 cottages rateable value £3 each;   
1871 census George Abbiss  James Hanscombe   Family of 9  Family of 8  ;   
1877 sanitation Squire Radcliffe Frank Bucket George Abbiss  James Hanscombe   Cottage with 1 living 2 sleeping,9 inmates  Cottage with2 living 2 sleeping,5 inmates  Cottage with 1 living 1 sleeping,3 inmates;   3 privies , 3 wells.  Drainage into main
1877 School admission register Elizabeth  Handscombe born 12/5/1865  living with James  Handscombe
1877 School admission register Susan  Abbiss born 20/2/1871 Last school – Pirton Road Inft,  living with George  Abbiss
1877 School admission register Elizabeth  Abbiss born 22/10/1866  living with George  Abbiss
1877 School admission register Joseph  Abbiss born 30/1/1869  living with George  Abbiss
1881 census John Baines George Abbiss  James Hanscombe   Family of 8  Family of 5;   
1881 School admission register Ruth  Abbiss born 6/12/1873  living with George  Abbiss
1882 School admission register Harry  Abbiss born 14/5/1874  living with George  Abbiss
1883 School admission register Frederic  Abbiss born /6/1875  living with George  Abbiss
1885 School admission register Alice  Abbiss born 11/1/1878  living with George  Abbiss
1885 School admission register Frederic  Abbiss born 15/6/1877  living with George  Abbiss
1886 School admission register Charles  Abbiss born 5/5/1878  living with John  Abbiss
1886 School admission register George Abbiss  born  living with John  Abbiss
1888 School admission register Frank  Abbiss born 30/6/1880 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with George  Abbiss
1889 School admission register Frank  Abbiss born 30/6/1881 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with George  Abbiss
1890 School admission register Polly Abbiss  born   living with George  Abbiss
1891 census  George Walker  John Abbiss George Abbiss 
1891 School admission register Lizzie  Abbiss born 23/3/1884  living with George  Abbiss
1892 School admission register George  Abbiss born 14/4/1884  living with John  Abbiss
1893 School admission register Harry Abbiss  born   living with George  Abbiss
1894 School admission register Polly  Abbiss born 23/4/1887  living with George  Abbiss
1898 School admission register Harry  Abbiss born 17/4/1890  living with George  Abbiss
1899 School admission register Alice Abbiss  born  living with George  Abbiss
1901 census  Charles Cooper  John Abbiss George Abbiss
1903 School admission register Violet  Abbiss born 24/1/1895 Last school – Pirton  ,  living with George  Abbiss
1909 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1909 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1910 rates Frederick Delme Radcliffe    Sidney Walker  John Abbiss George Abbiss  Rateable value £2.15s  Rateable value £2  Rateable value £3.5s;   Land 15 perches  Land 25 perches  Land 37 perches
1910 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1910 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1911 census Arthur Wilshere  Sidney Walker  John Abbiss 12 Family of 3 ,cowman, Walnut Tree Farm  14aFamily of 4 cowman, Walnut Tree Farm  14 Family of 2 herdsman, Walnut Tree Farm;   
1911 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1911 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1911 register of electors  Sidney Walker Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1912 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1912 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1912 register of electors  Sidney Walker Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1913 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1913 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1913 register of electors  Sidney Walker Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1914 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1914 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1914 register of electors  Sidney Walker Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1915 School admission register Edith  Walker born 5/6/1908 Last school – Knebworth Old.C.,  living with Sidney  Walker
1915 register of electors  George Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1915 register of electors  John Abbis Dwelling House, near Great Green 
1917 School admission register Ivy  May Walker born 1/6/1910 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Sidney  Walker
1929 School admission register Frank  Race born 9/7/1923 Last school – St.Helens C.C.,  living with William  Race
1936 rates Ralph Delme Radcliffe   William Race  H Albone 2 cottages in Bury Lane. Rateable value £5 each;   
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