Historic Documents

Rent Roll 1509

As we locate and transcribe documents which provide original sources for information on the history of Aldbourne, we will add them here. Each entry will provide an article about the document iteslf, a summary of what it tells us about the village’s history and a link to a further page or pages with the full transcription of the document – or, in the case of documents written in Latin, a translation.

With the permission of the archive holding the original document (mostly The National Archives, Kew and the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre in Chippenham) we will also show a representative image of the original.

1509 – Rent Roll of the Manor of Aldbourne

Image from The National Archives - Ref: DL 49/9/23 When Henry Tudor ascended the throne in 1509 to become King Henry VIII, he called for an account of his income from all manors and liberties in the Duchy of Lancaster. The Rental Survey for Aldbourne is held in the National Archives at Kew under the...

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1698 – A Terrier of John Southby’s Land

Image from Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - Ref: 3/3 A Terrier (from the French word "terroir") is a survey list of all the lands (and sometimes other property) belonging to an estate. This particular document lists all the plots of land which John Southby held in the common fields of Aldbourne in 1690. From...

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