Home Ownership - Lavender Cottage 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
1648 D97.176 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge James Mann Copyhold to the Manor of Ramerick . Lord of manor St John’s College Cambridge – orchard,1 rood of land above the orchard called Scrivenwicke ??and another half acre  in the Upper crofts and half an acre in Windmill Field and half an acre in Hambridge Field.total 2 and half acres
1649 D97.170 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge James Mann sold to Elizabeth Mann his wife & John Mann his son Conditional surrender conditions apply..Elizabeth Mann has the cottage for life it then passes to her son John if John Mann gives his brother Thomas £20 and his sister Anne Mann £15 one month after his mother’s death.If John dies without heirs the cottage will be equally divided between Edward, William and Thomas Mann  – orchard,1 rood of land above the orchard called Scrivenwicke ??and another half acre  in the Upper crofts and half an acre in Windmill Field and half an acre in Hambridge Field.total 2 and half acres
1663 Hearthtax Joseph  Ansell
1683 D97.174 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge James Mann sold to John Turner cottage
1775 D97.173 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge Francis Arnold sold to James Robinson cottage
1781 D97.173 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge James Robinson sold to William Rawbones cottage
1791 D97.173 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge William Rawbones sold to Issac Coxall William How Cottage in Hill End
1791 D97.173 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge Issac Coxall  sold to John Turner Hill End 
1811 Pre enclosure John Turner
1811 owners John Turner Rob Primett  Cottage
1818 Enclosure John Turner 1 rood 30 perch 
1818 enclosure John Turner   House And Orchard
1832 register of electors john turner
1833 register of electors john turner
1834 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge John Turner sold to Charles Kingsley William Cooke John Pratt divided into 2 tenements now 25, occupied by John Pratt and William Cooke  in Hill End – Cost £ 67
1834 register of electors john turner
1835 HALS Charles Kingsley A pair of cottages are built on the land to the rear [ up the Baulk]now 25 Shillington Rd
1835 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1836 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1837 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1838 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1839 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1840 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1841 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1841 census John Pratt
1842 register of electors  John Turner    Near Burg End,  house and land copyhold 
1844 register of electors  John  Turner    Near Burgend
1845 register of electors  John  Turner    Near Burgend
1851 census Abraham Pearce
1851 census John Pratt
1858 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge Charles Kingsley sold to Lavinia Kingsley John Lake second part of messuage since pulled down.First messuage occ by John Lake. This is Lavender Cottage, with a close or orchard   – Charles died 1849 and his son and executor George died 1853. There was a court case between George and Mary Anne Kingsley defendants and Lavinia and John Kingsley plaintiffs. James King and Mary Ann Kingsley were appointed trustees. Lavinia paid £180
1858 D/EX540/M13-15 Lavinia Kingsley Lavinia owned Lavender Cottage and the pair of semi detached cottages  – Charles Kingsley died 1849 and Lavinia 1858produced a sale notice between James King and Mary Ann Kingsley and Lavinia 
1858 D/EX540/M14-15 HALS Lavinia Kingsley Abraham Pearse Charles Titmuss  The pair of cottages up the baulk were occupied by Abraham Pearse and Charles Titmuss
1861 census Abraham Pearce
1861 census Charles Titmuss
1874 D/EX540/M16-18 HALS Lavinia Kingsley sold to James Walker Lavender Cottage and the pair of semi detached cottages
1874 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge Lavinia Kingsley sold to James Walker Cost £160 – James Walker died in 1882 without being admitted 
1874 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge James Walker sold to George Walker publican of Arlesey with a close or orchard  – George Walker of Arlesley publican is James Walker’s eldest son 
1877 sanitation James Walker Charles Cherry Cottage With Garden. Well In Field, Drainage-None. 7 Inmates Sharing 1 Living Rooms, 2 Sleeping Rooms And Privy
1877 School admission register Lucy  Pearce born 10/6/1869 Last school – Pirton Na,  living with John  Pearce
1877 School admission register George  Titmuss born 11/7/1869  living with Charles  Titmuss
1879 School admission books Thomas  Baines born 21/12/1872  living with Charles  Baines
1881 census Charles  Cherry – Agricultural Labourer
1881 census George Titmuss
1881 census Charles  Baines – Shepherd
1882 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge George Walker sold to Ernest Davis George Cherry Alfred Burton Semi- detached cottages 1 occupied by George Cherry, the other by Alfred Burton – Cost £140
1882 D/EX540/M 23-24 HALS George Walker sold to Ernest Davis Alfred Burton Robert Titmuss Semi- detached cottages 
1882 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge George Walker sold to Ernest Davis Robert Titmuss
1882 D/EX540/M 22 HALS George Walker sold to Ernest Davis Charles Cherry formerly divided into 2 , former tenants John Pratt and William Cook. Pratt’s cottage is now inhabited by Charles Cherry and Cook’s cottage has been pulled down  – Ernest Davis of Rectory Farm was admitted 1884 
1882 School admission books Elizabeth  Baines born 28/4/1874  living with Charles  Baines
1884 School admission books Annie  Baines born 24/2/1877  living with Charles  Baines
1886 School admission books Grace Smith   living with Edwin  Smith
1886 School admission books Rosa Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1886 School admission books Ellen Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1886 School admission books Rosa Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1887 School admission books Albert Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1887 School admission books Albert Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1887 School admission books Peggy Baines   living with Charles  Baines
1888 School admission books James  Baines born 27/4/1879 Last school – Pirton Infants,  living with Charles  Baines
1891 census Charles  Cherry – Agricultural Laborer
1891 census George Titmuss
1891 census Charles  Baines – Shepherd
1891 School admission books Peggy  Baines born 10/6/1883  living with Charles  Baines
1892 School admission books Sidney Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1895 School admission books Lily Titmuss   living with George  Titmuss
1901 census Charles  Baines – Shepherd
1901 census Christopher Dawson
1909 register of electors     Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1909 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1909 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1910 register of electors     Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1910 rates Cl   Davis Martha  Baines Cottage Land & Buildings
1910 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1910 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1911 register of electors     George Knight Near Rectory Farm dwelling house  
1911 register of electors  Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1911 census martha Baines
1911 register of electors George Titmuss
1911 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1911 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1912 register of electors     George Knight Near Rectory Farm dwelling house  
1912 register of electors  Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1912 register of electors George Titmuss
1912 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1912 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1913 register of electors     George Knight Near Rectory Farm dwelling house  
1913 register of electors  Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1913 register of electors George Titmuss
1913 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1913 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1914 register of electors     George Knight Near Rectory Farm dwelling house  
1914 register of electors  Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1914 register of electors George Titmuss
1914 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1914 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1915 register of electors     George Knight Near Rectory Farm dwelling house  
1915 register of electors  Martha Baines Near Burge End, house  
1915 register of electors George Titmuss
1915 register of electors Christopher Dawson
1915 register of electors  Ernest Robert Davis
1928 School admission books Constance May Dawson born 26/4/1923  living with Bertram  Dawson
1934 School admission books Freda  Dawson born 20/1/1929  living with Bertram  Dawson
1935 rates Ernest Robert Davis Joseph Stapleton Cottage And Premises
1936 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge  sold to Ernest Davis  – enfranchised
1936 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge  sold to Ernest Davis  – enfranchised
1936 D97.351 Ramerick court rolls held St John’s College Cambridge  sold to Ernest Davis  – enfranchised
1936 School admission books Joan  Tassell born 4/5/1929 Last school – Apple More C of E,  living with Albert  Tassell
1936 School admission books Sheila  Tassell born 29/6/1930 Last school – Apple More C of E,  living with Albert  Tassell
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