Resources for Using Property Records for Family & House History Suffolk FHS 27 September 2018

Land Registry

Land Registry property search https://eservices.landregistry.gov.uk/eservices/FindAProperty/view/QuickEnquiryInit.do

Manorial Resources

Manorial Documents Register http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/manor-search

To identify which manor understand what family, estate or other collection may include relevant information, check the coverage in the Victoria County History series index https://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/parish-index and find the entry at at British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/ .  Parish accounts typically give a detailed review of the manors and other estates within the parish,   Pay particular attention to the descent of the manor, i.e. who were the Lords of the Manor, during and after the period of interest.

Historical directories, published from the late 1700s onwards, include accounts of parishes and list prominent residents and businesses.  The University of Leicester Historical Directories collection http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16445coll4/hd/ is now also available on Ancestry as the UK, City and County Directories, 1766 – 1946 collection, which is easier to use.  Names of principal landowners, who are potential candidates for lords of the manor, are often included in parish or town accounts and lords of the manor are sometimes named.

Local histories, especially those by antiquarian authors, may discuss the manor, its lords and descent of the manor.  Finally, monographs on the manors of a county, such as Copinger’s Manors of Suffolk may substitute for the VCH accounts.

P D A Harvey. (1999). Manorial Records. British Records Association: London.

Denis Stuart. (2010). Manorial Records. Phillimore.

Deeds

Deed flowchart. University of Nottingham https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/manuscriptsandspecialcollections/documents/researchguidance/deedsindepth/deedflowchart.pdf

Deeds in Depth. University of Nottingham https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/manuscriptsandspecialcollections/researchguidance/deedsindepth/introduction.aspx

Listed buildings

Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/

Property Law

Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769) https://lonang.com/library/reference/blackstone-commentaries-law-england/

Coke, Sir Edward, Hargrave, Francis, Butler, Charles. (1794) The first part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; or a Commentary upon Littleton. 15th ed. London: E & R Brooke. https://archive.org/stream/firstpartofinsti00coke#page/n47/mode/1up

Littleton, T. and Wambaugh, E. (1903) Littleton’s tenures in English. https://archive.org/details/littletonstenure00littiala

Maps

Online Tithe Maps

Norfolk Historic Map Explorer http://historic-maps.norfolk.gov.uk/mapexplorer/

Worcestershire Tithe Mapping http://gis.worcestershire.gov.uk/website/tithesmapping/

Nottinghamshire Insight Mapping http://maps.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/insightmapping/#

Cheshire Tithe Maps http://maps.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/insightmapping/#

Tracks in Time – The Leeds Tithe Map Project http://tithemaps.leeds.gov.uk/

Warwickshire Historical & Current Maps http://maps.warwickshire.gov.uk/historical/

The Genealogist has the commissioner’s copy (TNA) of Tithe maps (see https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2015/what-land-did-my-ancestors-own-or-occupy-225/ ).  Although interactive pins link to apportionment data, it is not geographically connected.  Rotation of map images does not preserve the pin location.

 

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