1873 Return of Land Owners


The Return of Owners of Land arose from the question put in the House of Lords on 19th February 1872, by the Earl of Derby to the Lord Privy Seal, of "whether it was the intention of Her Majesty's Government to take any steps for ascertaining the number of proprietors of land and houses in the United Kingdom, with the quantity of land owned by each proprietor?".

So, in 1872 the Local Government Boards were ordered to compile a list of owners of land from ratings records. The Return shows the holding, in acres, roods and poles, and estimated yearly rental, of all land holdings over 1 acre in size.

It is organised by county and landowner and an address for each landowner also is given, but the address may not correspond to the location of the land and could be outside the county in question. The location of the land owned is not given. These returns are also sometimes referred to as the Modern Domesday.

[Information from Cefnpennar.com]

These are the entries for the local area.

Name of Owner Address of Owner
Extent of Lands (Acres, Roods & Perches)
Gross Est. Rental (£.s)
Bedfordshire
Executors of J. W. Adkins Aspley
57 1 38
£105.5
Duke of Bedford Woburn Abbey
33,589 3 13
£47,421.5
Thomas Bennett Woburn Abbey
2 0 0
£3.12
Mrs Mary Brinkler Aspley Guise
10 3 10
£24.15
Alfred Britten Aspley
10 3 6
£33.10
Trustees of Charity Wavendon
99 2 3
£115.0
Mary Circuitt Woburn  
1 3 26
£61.2
William H. Denison Woburn Sands
25 0 16
£29 10
Somers Douglas Aspley
149 0 28
£210 4
Edward Ernest Dymond Aspley
16 0 14
£86 0
Joseph George Fisher Woburn Sands
2 3 0
£11 0
Messrs Fowler Woburn
3 3 14
£125 5
Henry Fowler Woburn
2 0 9
£130 5
James Fowler Woburn, Beds
1 0 22
£15 10
Dees. of Thomas Fowler H. Fowler, Woburn
1 3 21
£51 10
Rev. S. Hervey Gem Aspley 
91 1 27
£203 10
John Giles, senr Woburn Sands
4 0 23
£14 0
George Goodhall Aspley Guise
26 1 39
£37 10
John Goodhall Aspley
8 2 1
£62 7
John Thomas Green Woburn
21 1 12
£168 1
Charles Grimshawe  Aspley Guise
14 3 28
£100 4
William Handscomb Aspley
10 1 33
£77 5
William Hanley Woburn Sands
2 3 20
£12 0
Samuel Henman Woburn Snads
2 0 25
£7 10
Samuel Higgins Aspley
8 2 2
£39 5
Edmund Hobbs Aspley
22 0 29
£55 10
George Hobbs Aspley
6 0 0
£26 10
Lucy Howe Aspley Guise
168 2 29
£328 15
Thomas Hudson Woburn Sands
1 1 30
£29 11
George Ireland Woburn Sands
4 0 0
£7 0
Benjamin Jackson Aspley
7 2 8
£37 12
Mrs Jackson & Francis Moore Aspley
51 1 38
£235 5
Richard Key Woburn Sands
4 2 10
£66 15
Mrs H. Letchworth Aspley
2 0 0
£55 0
Thomas Letchwoth Aspley
7 2 0
£15 0
Executors of Rev. G. W. Mahon  Aspley
26 3 29
£97 10
James Thomas Maling Aspley
1 2 0
£2 1
Willian Owens Mell Aspley
2 3 0
£37 10
Trustees of Charles Nicholls Woburn
1 0 33
£34 0
Executors of Ann Obborn Aspley Guise
11 0 0
£25 0
James Pain Woburn Sands
14 0 30
£76 0
Carlisle S. Parker Aspley
4 1 27
£43 5
Thomas Pickering Aspley
17 1 1
£34 12
John Robinson Aspley
2 0 0
£2 12
Mrs. Skinner Woburn, Beds
149 1 38
£218 0
Alfred Smith Woburn Sands
76 0 11
£122 10
Abraham P. Turney Aspley
7 2 0
£54 5
Henry Veasey Aspley Guise
9 0 38
£157 18
Thomas B. Webster Aspley
1 2 0
£41 8
George White Aspley Heath, Woburn
1 0 32
£27 0
Edward Woods Aspley Guise
7 0 16
£35 5
County Population in 1871: 146,257
Inhabited Houses: 30506
Buckinghamshire
William Adkins Wavendon
4.2.2
£12.12
James Anderson Wavendon
183.0.38 
£337.18
Duke of Bedford Woburn
3036.2.17
£2,710.18
Thomas Brandon Wavendon
2.0.10
£30.0
Rev. H. Burney Wavendon
83.2.0
£216.5
Charity Wavendon
1.0.27
£2.6
David Cook Wavendon
81.0.0
£120.15
Henry G. Denison Wavendon
132.3.35
£226.0
William H. Denison Wavendon           
44.0.25
£194.15
John Emery Wavendon
9.3.30
£10.0
Rev. H. M. Erskin Woburn Sands
1.0.15
£1.17
Jonothan Giles Wavendon
6.1.29
£11.9
George Handscomb Aspley
3.0.4
£6.1
Thomas Higgins Woburn Sands
5.0.0
£50.0
William Higgins Woburn Sands
72.3.8
£129.12
Surveyors of Highways Wavendon
3.0.7
£5.6
Henry Arthur Hoare Wavendon Hall
1317.0.27
£2,362.8
Ann Hobbs Wavendon
1.2.27
£9.1
John King Wavendon                
9.1.11
£32.5
Thomas King Wavendon            
7.3.30
£52.16
William O. Mell Wavendon             
6.1.32
£10.17
Sam Milliner Woburn Sands      
1.3.20
£38.0
John Scotchings Wavendon
6.2.12
£25.0
Alfred Smith Woburn Sands      
4.3.18
£51.17
Feoffees of Town Land Wavendon        
10.0.32
£15.16
County Population in 1871: 175,879
Inhabited Houses: 37,257