CHILTON ESTATE RENTAL, LADY DAY 1913
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