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A pile of cash books

Things like electoral registers (voters' lists), census returns, street directories and parish registers can all tell you the names of people who lived in an area, and sometimes give you an exact address.

The principal record of local property for many years was the rate book.  Rates of one sort or another were collected from the 16th century until they were replaced by Council Tax.  Many early rate books give you no more than a name, but from the Victorian period onwards they should tell you both the owner and the occupier of a property, its exact address, whether it was residential or another use, and its rateable value.

Rate books survive for most Berkshire places.

 

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Local property taxes

Lists of adult voters

Last testaments of the dead

 

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