House ownership - Hill Farm Priors Hill

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
1818 enclosure William Lucas Stephen Constable House,Farm,Yard And Garden
1832 register of electors     James Davis Hill Farm house and land  
1833 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent rent of more than £50 a year
1834 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent rent of more than £50 a year
1835 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1836 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1837 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1838 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1839 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1840 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1841 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1841 census James  Davies – Farmer Hill Farm
1842 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1845 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1846 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1847 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1849 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1850 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1851 register of electors     James Davies Hill Farm farm   rent 
1851 census James  Davies – Farmer 60 A 3 Labs The Hill
1861 census William  Davies – Farmer Hill Farm
1863 rates Jeffery (Dec) Lucas William Davies Farm
1871 census John  Cook – Horse Dealer & Farmer Hill Farm
1877 School admission register F.H.(Nellie)  Bradshaw born 22/8/1869  living with William  Bradshaw
1877 sanitation Mr Acres William Bradshaw Farmhouse With Farmyd Garden. Well, Drainage-None. 6 Inmates Sharing 0 Living Rooms, 0 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1878 School admission register Frederic  Bradshaw born 21/8/1871 Last school – Infant Department,  living with William  Bradshaw
1881 census William  Bradshaw – Farmer Hill Farm
1882 School admission register Clara Albate  Bradshaw born 20/6/1874  living with William  Bradshaw
1885 register of electors  William Dennis Parrit Bradshaw Hill Farm   
1886 School admission register Eva Bradshaw   living with William  Bradshaw
1888 School admission books John Bradshaw   living with William  Bradshaw
1890 Land sales Stafford Allen Sold To  0 The Hill Farm An Enclosed Farmyarda Brick, Timber Slated Wheat-Barn, With Oak Threshing Floor; A Brick, Timber And Tiled Stable, And Chaff-House; A Brick, Timber And Tiled Cow-House And Granary.  A Range Of Brick, Timber, And Slated Buildings, Used As Barley Barn.  Open Cattle Shed And Piggeries, A Brick, Timber And Slated 3 Bayed Open Cart-Shed; A Brick, Timber And Tiled Blacksmith’S Shop, And Hen-House; A Timber And Thatched Implement Shed; A Timber And Tiled Tool-House, And Shed Adjoining.Entrance Passage With Brick Porch, 3 Bedrooms, Front Sitting Room, Back Sitting Room,Kitchen,Pantry,Cellar, And Wood And Coal-House.  Court Yard With Pump Of Water.Freehold Dwelling House Together With An Enclosed Farm Yard.
1890 School admission register Eva  Bradshaw born 24/8/1881  living with William  Bradshaw
1891 census William D P Bradshaw – Farmer & Manager Hill Farm
1893 School admission register Annie  Throssell born 16/10/1883  living with William  Throssell
1893 School admission register Charles  Throssell born 8/4/1885  living with William  Throssell
1893 School admission books Charles Throssell   living with William  Throssell
1896 School admission books Effie Trussell   living with David  Trussell
1901 census George  Trussell – Labourer On Farm Hill Farm
1909 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1909 register of electors  William Throssell  William Throssell Hill Farm house and land copyhold 
1910 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1910 register of electors  William Throssell  William Throssell Hill Farm house and land copyhold 
1910 rates William  Throssell Arthur  Trussell House & Homestead
1911 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1911 census Arthur  Trussell – Dealer Pig Hill Farm
1912 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1913 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1914 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1915 register of electors    Hill Farm dwelling house  
1935 rates Arthur Walker Arthur Walker Agricultural Dwelling Hse
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