House ownership - Walnut Tree Farm Walnut Tree 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
1811 owners Emilius Radcliffe John Kingsley Homestead
1818 enclosure Emilius Henry Delme Radcliffe William Hale Farm Homestead  
1853 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1854 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1855 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1857 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1858 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1859 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1860 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1861 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1861 census William  Coxall – Farmer
1863 rates Delme Radcliffe William Coxall Farm
1864 register of electors     William Coxall Near Little Green   
1871 census Frederick  Coxall – Farmer 441 Acres
1877 sanitation Squire Radcliffe I Coxall Farmhouse With . , Drainage-. 8 Inmates Sharing  Living Rooms,  Sleeping Rooms And 
1881 census Frederick  Coxall – Farmer
1891 census Frederick  Coxall – Farmer
1901 census Frederick  Coxall – Farmer
1909 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree Farm tenement and land  
1910 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree Farm tenement and land  
1910 rates F  D Radcliffe Thomas  Franklin House & Homestead
1911 register of electors Walnut Tree Farm tenement and land  
1911 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree farm dwelling house  
1911 census Thomas  Franklin – Farmer
1912 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree farm dwelling house  
1912 register of electors  Thomas Franklin  Thomas Walrond Hearle Walnut Tree Farm    Thomas Walrond Hearle was a lodger
1913 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree farm dwelling house  
1914 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree farm dwelling house  
1915 register of electors  Thomas Franklin  Lawrance Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree Farm    Lawrance Thomas Franklin was a lodger
1915 register of electors     Thomas Franklin Walnut Tree farm dwelling house  
1935 rates Ralph Delme Radcliffe Lawrence Franklin Agric. Dwelling House
1941 Farm survey R Delme Radcliff Of The Priory Hitchin Lj Franklin, Full Time Farmer
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