House ownership - 14 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 information about the property and any comments.

Date Source Owner/buyer Occupier Comment
1811 owners James Burgess Ed Wilson Cottage And Garden
1818 enclosure James Burgess   Cottage,Garden
1871 census Sarah  Balls – Strawplaiter
1877 sanitation Stafford Allen Sarah Balls? Cottage With `Garden. Well, Drainage-None. 1 Inmates Sharing 2 Living Rooms, 2 Sleeping Rooms And 1/2 Shared Privy
1890 Land sales Stafford Allen Sold To F. Day.For £75 F. Day.  Well Of Water And A Piece Of Garden Ground In The Rear.  Well Placed In The Village, With A Frontage To The Road.Lean-To Thatched Barn,A Small Yard At The Side, Enclosed From The Road By An Iron Fence.  A Timber And Thatched Wood And Meal-Barn.  2 Bedrooms And 2 Rooms On The Ground Floor.  A Brick, Lath, Plaster And Slated Small Dwelling House.0A 0R025P
1891 census Frank  Day – General Dealer
1910 register of electors  Frank Day  Frank Day Syringa Cottage, Near Little Green cottage and land freehold 
1910 rates Frank  Day Frank  Day House & Premises
1911 register of electors  Frank Day  Frank Day Syringa Cottage, Near Little Green cottage and land freehold 
1912 register of electors  Frank Day  Frank Day Syringa Cottage, Near Little Green cottage and land freehold 
1912 register of electors     Joseph Devereaux Sringa Cottage dwelling house  
1913 register of electors  Frank Day  Frank Day Syringa Cottage, Near Little Green cottage and land freehold 
1913 register of electors     Joseph Devereaux Syringa Cottage dwelling house  
1914 register of electors  Frank Day  Frank Day Syringa Cottage, Near Little Green cottage freehold 
1914 register of electors     Joseph Devereaux Seringa Cottage dwelling house  
1915 register of electors  Frank Day  Frank Day Syringa Cottage, Near Little Green cottage freehold 
1935 rates Frank Day Elizabeth Charlick Cottage And Premises
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