House ownership - The Fox High Street

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
1811 owners John Kingsley John Hipgrave Jun Cottage And Garden
1818 enclosure John Kingsley William Prior House And Garden
1839 Land sales Charles Kingsley Sold To Barnard Acres  John Kingsley A Respectable And Convenient Dwelling House A Pleasant Garden In Front Enclosed With Pallisade Fence.  A Large Garden At The Back, Well Planted With Fruit Trees And An Excellent Orchard Well Planted.  A Well With Good Water, Also A Close Of Excellent Pasture Adjoining.Farm Yard Containing A 3 – Bayed Barn, Small Barn Adjoining, And A Good Cart Hovel.  Good Stable For 4 Horses, Wood Barn And Hen-House.Sitting Room, Parlour, Kitchen, Washhouse And Bake-House With An Oven Capable Of Baking Six Bushels. 3 Chambers And A Granary Over The Wash-House.Bricked And Tiled2A 2R 35P
1841 census John  Davies – The Fox Near Little Green
1851 census James  Furr – Carrier & Licenced Victualer Little Green
1861 census James  Furr – Carrier & Poulterer
1863 rates  Lucas James Furr Public House
1869 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1871 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1871 census William  Males – Carpenter & Publican The Fox
1872 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1873 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1874 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1875 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1876 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1877 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1877 School admission register Laura  Males born 29/6/1869  living with William  Males
1877 sanitation Messrs Lucas William Males Fox With Yard & Garden. Well, Drainage-Into Road Drain. 4 Inmates Sharing 3 Living Rooms, 3 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1878 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1879 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1880 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1881 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1881 census William  Males – Carpenter & Publican Pirton Village
1882 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1883 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1884 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1885 register of electors jnr William Males Near Church   
1887 School admission books Katie Gardiner   living with Charles  Gardiner
1891 census William  Males – Carpenter & Publican The Fox
1901 census James  Thomas – Carpenter & Joiner The Fox Inn
1909 register of electors  James Thomas The Fox Inn dwelling house  
1910 register of electors  James Thomas The Fox Inn dwelling house  
1910 rates William  Lucas Ltd James  Thomas Public House, The Fox Inn
1911 census Hubert Charles Southall – Publican Fox Inn
1912 register of electors  Charles Herbert Southall The Fox Inn dwelling house  
1913 register of electors  Hubert John Walker The Fox Inn dwelling house  
1914 register of electors  Hubert John Walker The Fox Inn dwelling house  
1915 register of electors  Hubert John Walker The Fox Inn dwelling house  
1933 School admission register Derek Edmund Cook born 13/2/1928  living with Harry Tom Cook
1935 rates J W Ltd. Green Harry Cook Public Hse & Premises
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