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Mayfield, Meadows Farm 1 year 5 months ago #1150

My ancestor was the tenant of a freehold cottage in Fairfield that was up for sale in 1873 together with other freehold properties called Mayfield [Mayfield Court / Mayfield Cottages] and a unnamed farm where John Grove was tenant [probably Meadow(s) Farm nearby]. Deeds tend to be catalogued by the names of the owners; would anyone know who owned either Mayfield or Meadows Farm at any time?
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Mayfield, Meadows Farm 1 year 5 months ago #1151

Hello and Welcome,

Have you tried searching the Bromsgrove Messenger newspaper? Auction details may give you some joy. The sale may have been prompted by a death.

Once logged in to our site you can access this weekly newspaper for free.

Try various permutations of your known facts on the the governments National Archive site.

Not everything held by The Hive at Worcester is on the above site. So search there as well.

You could also try using the details supplied in The Tithe Commutation Act some 30 years earlier. Maps are generally very accurate and owners and sometimes tenants names are given in the apportionment. Remember some places may have changed their name. Clearly the land may have been sold since then, but you will then have a trail to follow.

Hope that helps a little

Carpet bagger
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Mayfield, Meadows Farm 1 year 5 months ago #1152

Thanks cb,

The tithe maps and apportionments did the trick. They appear to show that Yew Tree House, Fairfield (occupied in 1841 by Sarah Grove, a schoolmistress and her son Thomas Grove a castrator) and the two cottages nearby were owned by Robert Campion. John Grove(s) was either on land owned by himself, Samuel Jordan or Henry Campion.

The properties at Fairfield were due to descend to Robert's son Richard on his death in 1850, but Richard predeceased his mother by three years, and the sale must have been caused by the death of the widow and mother Frances in 1872. Henry Campion died in 1877.

The two cottages were either named 'Braemar' and 'Brunhyld' or 'Glenthorn(e)(s) and '(Drapery) Stores' at the time of the 1939 register, two of which should correspond to numbers 53-55 Stourbridge Rd, today.
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