House ownership - 21 Royal Oak Lane

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 all the information about the property and any comments.

Date Source Owner/buyer Occupier Comment
1811 owners John Kingsley Luke Smith Cottage And Garden
1818 enclosure John Kingsley   Cottage And Close
1839 Land sales Charles Kingsley Sold To Barnard Acres  David Burton The Reversion Of A Convenient Dwelling House Into Two Tenements. 1 Tenement Containing 1 Room Below, Pantry, Oven And 2 Chambers.
1839 Land sales Charles Kingsley Sold To Barnard Acres  Joshua Reynolds The Reversion Of A Convenient Dwelling House Into Two Tenements. Garden To Each In The Front, Well With Good Water And A Good Orchard.A Newly Erected Wood Barn, Boarded And Thatched.1 Tenement Containing 2 Rooms Below, Oven And Dairy.Part Brick, Part Roughcast And Tiled.1A 0R 18P
1841 census David  Burton – Agricultural Labourer
1841 census William  Reynolds – Agricultural Labourer
1851 census David  Burton – Ag Lab
1851 census Joseph  Reynolds – Ag Lab
1861 census Abram  Kingsley – Drover
1861 census David  Burton – Agricultural Labourer
1861 census Joseph  Reynolds – Agricultural Labourer
1863 rates Abraham Kingsley Abraham Kingsley Cottage & Land
1863 rates Mary Ann Kingsley David Burton Cottage
1863 rates Mary Ann Kingsley David Sheppard Cottage
1863 rates Mary Ann Kingsley Joseph Reynolds Cottage
1871 census Abraham  Kingsley – Drover
1874 register of electors  Abram Kingsley    Near Little Green   
1875 register of electors  Abram Kingsley    Near Little Green   
1876 register of electors  Abram Kingsley    Near Little Green   
1877 register of electors  Abram Kingsley    Near Little Green   
1877 sanitation Abraham Kingsley Mary Cook Cottage With Garden. 1/2 Shared Well, Drainage-None. 1 Inmates Sharing 1 Living Rooms, 1 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1878 register of electors  Abram Kingsley    Near Little Green   
1879 register of electors  Abram Kingsley    Near Little Green   
1881 census Abraham  Kingsley – Cattle Drover
1891 census George  Kingsley – Baker
1892 School admission books Silver street Griffiths Kingsley   living with George  Kingsley
1893 School admission books Rose cottage Edward Kingsley   living with George  Kingsley
1897 School admission books Pirton Griffin  Kingsley born 26/10/1889  living with George  Kingsley
1899 School admission books Pirton Edward  Kingsley born 10/12/1890  living with George  Kingsley
1899 School admission books Rose cottage John Kingsley   living with George  Kingsley
1901 census George  Kingsley – Bread Baker
1904 School admission books Pirton O N John  Kingsley born 16/12/1895  living with George  Kingsley
1909 register of electors     Amos Burton Dead Horse Lane dwelling house  
1909 register of electors  George Kingsley  George Kingsley Holwell Road house and land copyhold 
1910 register of electors     Amos Burton Dead Horse Lane dwelling house  
1910 register of electors  George Kingsley  George Kingsley Holwell Road house and land copyhold 
1910 rates George  Kingsley Peggie  Burton Land, Buildings & Cottage
1911 register of electors     Amos Burton Dead Horse Lane dwelling house  
1911 census George  Kingsley – Master Baker
1911 census Peggy Barber Burton – 
1926 School admission books Rose Cottages Mary  Kingsley born 21/7/1917 Last school – Pirton C.C.Infants,  living with Edward  George Kingsley
1929 School admission books Royal Oak Lane Mary  Kingsley born 21/7/1917 Last school – Lord Trilvaris Home, Alton,  living with Edward George Kingsley
1935 rates John Gurney Kingsley Edward  Kingsley Cottage And Premises
1935 rates John Gurney Kingsley J W Taylor Cottage And Premises
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