Home Ownership - 28 Shillington 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
1634 48778 Rectory manor court book Thomas Hanscombe sold to James Mann James Mann’s wife Elizabeth  is Thomas Hanscome’s daughter.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1668 48778 Rectory manor court book James Mann sold to Thomas Mann James Mann Thomas Mann of London , horner , is James Mann’s brother.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1674 48778 Rectory manor court book Thomas Mann sold to William Mann James Mann Thomas Mann is dead & so is his son & heir Thomas Mann so William Mann son of James Mann[ brother of Thomas Mann sen] inherits.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1675 48778 Rectory manor court book Thomas Mann sold to William Mann James Mann Thomas Mann is dead & so is his son & heir Thomas Mann so William Mann son of James Mann[ brother of Thomas Mann sen] inherits.
1682 48778 Rectory manor court book William Mann sold to Joan Turner William Harris William surrenders to use of Joan Turner his mother for her life ,now wife of Michael Turner after the decease of Michael.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
1693 48778 Rectory manor court book William Mann sold to Hamlet Audley conditional surrender.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
1693 48778 Rectory manor court book William Mann sold to Hamlet Audley conditional surrender.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1696 48778 Rectory manor court book Hamlet Audley sold to Edward Plumer Edward Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
1696 48778 Rectory manor court book Hamlet Audley sold to Edward Plumer Edward  Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1707 48778 Rectory manor court book William Mann sold to Sarah Conaway Sarah [wife of  John Conaway] is sister & heir of Hamlet Audley dec.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1710 448778 Rectory manor court book Edward Plumer sold to John Ferrian Francis Arnold Edward Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Messuage now 28 Shillington Rd
1710 48778 Rectory manor court book Edward Plumer sold to John Ferrian John Baldock Edward Plumer is executor of Hamlet Audley.  Cottage is adjoining messuage
1726 48778 Rectory manor court book William Mann sold to Sarah Conaway sarah [wife of  John Conaway] is sister & heir of Hamlet Audley dec.  Cottage  & a little yard belonging adjoining the messuage
1753 48778 Rectory manor court book John  Ferrian sold to John Ferrian
1780 48778 Rectory manor court book John Ferrian sold to Thomas Ferrian Thomas is John’s brother.
1784 1784 pollbook Joseph Eyre Esq Of London  Thomas Furrian
1811 Pre enclosure John Wright John Woolston Homestead and croft.
1818 Enclosure Award John Wright John Woolston house, yard and croft 3 roods and 2 perches.
1826 Land tax John Wright junior John Woolston house & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1827 Land tax John Wright junior John Woolston house & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1828 Land tax John Wright junior John Woolston junior house & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1830 Land tax John Wright junior John Woolston junior house & land.  John Woolston is a butcher
1832 register of electors  John Lines  John Woolston Near Burge End. house and land freehold
1833 register of electors  John Lines Near Burge End. house and premises freehold
1834 register of electors  John Lines Near Burge End. house and premises freehold
1835 register of electors  John Lines Near Burge End. house and premises freehold
1836 register of electors  John Lines  Thomas Hipgrave Near Burge End. house and land freehold
1837 register of electors  John Lines  Thomas Hipgrave Burgend leading  to house and land freehold
1838 register of electors  John Lines  Thomas Hipgrave Burgend leading  to house and land freehold
1839 register of electors  John Lines Burgend leading  to house and land freehold
1841 census
1846 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1847 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1849 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1850 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1851 census William Stapleton  Bakery
1851 1851 census Henry  Palmer – Baker
1851 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1852 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1853 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1854 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1855 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1857 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1858 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1859 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1860 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1861 census William Stapleton  Family of 6     Family of 3.   Bakery
1861 1861 census Thomas  Ashton – Baker
1861 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1863 rates George Lines George Dawson   Divided into 2 cottages .
1863 1863 rates George Lines Thomas Ashton Cottage & Bakehouse
1864 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1865 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1866 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1867 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1868 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1869 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1871 census George Dawson Both are families of 6.
1871 1871 census Thomas  Ashton – Baker
1871 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1872 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1873 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1874 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1875 register of electors  George  Lines Near Burge End
1876 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1877 sanitation  William Lines of Chibley Farm Shillington  Samuel Jarvis   James Walker  Divided into 2 cottages 1 cottage 2  living room, 2 sleeping room , 7 inmates 1 cottage 2  living room, 2 sleeping room , 3 inmates .  Privy and well for each.  No drainage
1877 1877 sanitation William Lines Samuel Jarvis 1/2Cottages With Garden. Well, Drainage-None. 7 Inmates Sharing 2 Living Rooms, 2 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1877 School admission register Laura  Jarvis born 27/1/1866  living with Samuel  Jarvis
1877 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1878 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1879 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1880 register of electors  George Lines  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1880 register of electors  George Lines  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1881 census Samuel Jarvis   James Walker Divided into 2 cottages 1 cottage, 9 in family  1 cottage 4 in in family .
1881 1881 census James  Walker – Baker
1881 register of electors  George Lines Near Burge End
1882 register of electors  George Lines  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1883 register of electors  George Lines  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1884 register of electors  George Lines  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1884 register of electors  Arthur William Lines Near Burge End
1885 School admission register Frank  Walker born 26/5/1877  living with James  Walker
1885 register of electors  George Lines  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1885 register of electors  Arthur William Lines Near Burge End
1886 School admission books Daisy Walker  born  living with James  Walker
1886 register of electors  James Walker jnr Near Burge End
1887 School admission books Hubert Walker  born  living with James  Walker
1889 School admission books Ida Walker  born  living with James  Walker
1891 census Samuel Jarvis  James Walker 
1891 1891 census James  Walker – Baker
1893 School admission books Jesse Walker  born  living with James  Walker
1894 School admission register Ida  Walker born 22/12/1886  living with James  Walker
1898 School admission register Jesse  Walker born 14/4/1889  living with James  Walker
1901 census Joseph Carter Frank Walker Family size 4  Family size 3.    House used as a bakery
1901 1901 census Frank Abram Walker – Master Baker Bread
1908 School admission register Eva  Walker born 21/6/1899 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1909 School admission register Edwin  Walker born 20/11/1901 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1909 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker near Burge End dwelling house
1910 rates Arthur Lines  Pegsdon Villa, Chiltern rd, Hitchin  Joseph Carter Frank Walker Cottage and garden. 33 perches  Cottage and bakery.25 perches  James Walker Frank’s father rented the properties land and buildings 4 acres 3 roods 7 perches.
1910 School admission register Reginald  Walker born 7/12/1903 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1910 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker Near Burge End. dwelling house
1911 census FrankWalker Family size 5, House used as a bakery
1911 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker Near Burge End. dwelling house
1912 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker Near Burge End. dwelling house
1912 register of electors  Jane Walker Near Burge End. house
1913 School admission register Ivy  Walker born 20/9/1906 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1913 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker Near Burge End. dwelling house
1914 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker Near Burge End. dwelling house
1915 register of electors  Arthur Lines  Frank Walker Near Burge End. dwelling house
1920 School admission register Daisy  Walker born 27/1/1912 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Frank  Walker
1935 1935 rates Thomas Lake Thomas Lake Tom delivered milk and was married to Miriam.  Rateable value £5



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