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Es­tate ren­tals list the ten­ants of the es­tate’s land and the rent they paid. Many say how much land the farmer had, in­clud­ing the name of the farm. This ex­am­ple comes from the col­lec­tion at the Museum of English Ru­ral Life in Read­ing.

Ten­ant’s name Find your an­ces­tor’s name in this col­umn. A run of ren­tals will show how long the farmer and his fam­ily lived on the es­tate. This ex­am­ple de­scribes the na­ture of the prop­erty – cot­tage, farm, land, and some ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial de­tails – but it does not give the ex­tent of the land. Rents were due on the quar­ter days. Lady Day is 25 March, although many es­tates con­tin­ued to use the old cal­en­dar: Old Lady Day was 6 April in the new style. Some es­tate ren­tals record the date the ten­ant en­tered the prop­erty. Date Rent The amount due and the amount ac­tu­ally paid are recorded, to­gether with a note of rents in ar­rear. 1913 was a good year – when times were hard, the ar­rears col­umn could be quite full. De­scrip­tion of the prop­erty

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