House ownership - Rectory Farm 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
1837 register of electors  Edmund Filmer  Charles Kingsley  farm and land freehold 
1811 owners John Filmer Mary Hailey Rectory Homestead
1818 enclosure Rev Sir John Filmer   Rectory House, Yards, Orchard, Croft,Groveclose
1836 register of electors     Charles Kingsley Parsonage Farm farm  
1836 register of electors  Edmund Filmer  Charles Kingsley  farm and land freehold 
1837 register of electors     Charles Kingsley Parsonage Farm farm  
1838 register of electors     Charles Kingsley Parsonage Farm farm  
1838 register of electors Sir Edmund Filmer  Charles Kingsley  farm and land freehold 
1839 register of electors     Charles Kingsley Parsonage Farm farm  
1839 register of electors  Edmund Filmer  Charles Kingsley  farm and land freehold 
1840 register of electors     Charles Kingsley Parsonage Farm farm  
1840 register of electors  Edmund Filmer  Charles Kingsley  farm and land freehold 
1841 register of electors sir Edmund Filmer  George Kingsley  farm and land freehold 
1841 census George  Kingsley – Farmer
1842 register of electors sir Edmund Filmer  George Kingsley  manor farm and land freehold 
1859 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1860 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1861 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1861 census Mary A Kingsley – Farmer
1863 rates Sir Edmund Filmer Mary Ann Kingsley Farm
1864 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1865 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1866 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory Farm to poll at Hatfield  
1867 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory Farm to poll at Hatfield  
1867 register of electors     John   Kingsley Rectory farm   
1868 register of electors Rectory Farm to poll at Hatfield  
1868 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1868 register of electors  John Kingsley    Rectory farm   
1868 register of electors     John   Kingsley Rectory farm   
1869 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1869 register of electors  John Kingsley    Rectory farm   
1871 register of electors  Edmund Filmer    Rectory farm   
1871 register of electors  John Kingsley    Rectory farm   
1871 census James  Kingsley – Farm Foreman
1872 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1873 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1874 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1875 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1876 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1877 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1877 sanitation Daniel Davis Daniel Davis Farmhouse With Farm Yard. Well, Drainage-. 7 Inmates Sharing 0 Living Rooms, 0 Sleeping Rooms And 
1878 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1879 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1880 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1881 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1881 census Daniel  Davis – Farmer
1882 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1883 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1884 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis    Near Burge End   
1884 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1885 register of electors  Daniel Davis    Rectory farm   
1885 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis    Near Burge End   
1891 census Daniel  Davis – Farmer
1901 census Ernest Robert Davis – Farmer
1909 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages copyhold 
1910 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages copyhold 
1910 rates Cl   Davis Cl  Davis House & Homestead
1911 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages copyhold 
1911 census Ernest Robert Davis – Farmer
1912 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages copyhold 
1913 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages copyhold 
1914 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages copyhold 
1915 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis  Ernest Robert Davis Near Burge End cottages freehold 
1935 rates William Hanscombe   Agricultural Dwelling House
1941 Farm survey William Hanscombe Of Pirton Hall F&W Weedon, Full Time Farmer
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