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.
|1663||1663 Hearth tax||Francis Betts|
|1670||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||Francis Betts sold to John Ansell & his 2 son’s Robert and John||Copyhold of the Manor of Pirton Doddingselles. Messuage & 1 rood of land|
|1680||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||John Ansell the son sold to Joseph Ansell||William Keenes||Robert Ansell is dead. Messuage|
|1685||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||Joseph Ansell sold to Robert Crawley||William Keenes||. Messuage & orchard|
|1704||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||Robert Crawley sold to Mary Crawley & her daughter Mary Harding||Robert Crawley||Reversion.|
|1720||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||Mary & Thomas Harding||Mary Wheeler is Mary Harding’s daughter.|
|1733||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||Widow Harding sold to John Harding||John is Mary Harding’s eldest son.|
|1764||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||John Harding||.|
|1777||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||John Harding sold to Richard Negus||.|
|1790||Manor of Pirton Doddingselles court rolls||Richard Negus sold to Richard Negus Hudson||Richard Negus left it to his wife’s niece’s[ Ann Hudson] eldest son.|
|1811||Pre enclosure||Issac Hodson victualler||John Pearce||House , yard and orchard. 1 rood 11 perches|
|1818||1818 enclosure||Isaac Hodson||Robert Crawley||House,Garden And Orchard|
|1877||1877 sanitation||Stafford Allen||Mary Arnold||Cottage With Garden. Well, Drainage-None. 5 Inmates Sharing 2 Living Rooms, 3 Sleeping Rooms And Privy|
|1881||1881 census||Edwin Wilshire – Agricultural Labourer|
|1890||1890 Land sales||Stafford Allen Sold To||John Bottoms||A Brick-Nogged And Thatched Small Dwelling House A Piece Of Garden Ground, Enclosed From The Road By An Iron Fence.Timber, Slated Wood-Barn And W.C.3 Bedrooms And 3 Rooms On The Ground Floor. .|
|1891||1891 census||John Bottoms – Agricultural Laborer|
|1901||1901 census||Emma Bottoms – Straw Plaiter|
|1909||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1910||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1910||1910 rates||Elle Walters||Emma Bottoms||Cottage & Garden|
|1911||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1911||1911 census||Emma Bottoms – Old Age Pensioner|
|1912||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1913||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1914||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1915||register of electors||Emma Bottoms||House, near Wesleyan Chapel|
|1923||School Admissions||Rita Muriel Gibson born 22/2/1914||Last school – Pirton Junior, living with Robert Gibson|
|1928||School Admissions||Roland George Gibson born 2/1/1923||Last school – None, living with Robert Gibson|
|1935||1935 rates||Robert Gibson||Robert Gibson||Cottage And Premises|