In NZ we don't have many historic buildings, especially homes. And thanks to the earthquakes even fewer here in Christchurch! But we do have a lot of property-related information and records that are public and can be accessed online. With these it's possible to see how many times (and when and for how much) a property has been sold, and sometimes if work has been done to the property (if this required a permit/consent). However I've never actually tried it for genealogy research and I'm not sure how far back the records go. Do you know if there's anything similar in the UK? It might be another interesting insight into the history of a place. And one that can be accessed from home during lockdown!
I've spent the afternoon delving into the Tithe Map and Apportionment, as you suggested. Thank you for pointing me to this great resource! It took me some time to get used to how the map works but what awesome detail! Down to the names of their paddocks! Now I'd like to do some more general research around the tithe survey so I can understand it a bit better. Were tithes the same as rent, or in addition to it? And it's such an enticing glimpse into my ancestors' lives, it makes me want to know more! For example John Salter's farm was owned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Baronet; how did that work, in a practical sense? Would he have ever met Sir Thomas? How much money did he make and how much did he have to pay to farm the land? How often? So interesting!!
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