BRIGHTON TERRIERS 1738 & 1792 (c.1738 - 1792)

BUDGEN, Thomas

A True Copy of the Respective Terriers of the Several Lands Lying in the Common Laines of Brighthelmston in the County of Sussex as Made in the Years 1738 and 1792.

Published: Manuscript copy, c. 1820.

Date: c.1738 - 1792

Folio. pp. 242 [of which approximately 150 used]; 2 large folding tables, hand coloured plans throughout. Contemporary half calf, recently rebacked. The two most important Terriers [Land Surveys] of Brighton are here copied in a fair hand on paper watermarked Smith & Allnutt 1818, almost certainly as a legal copy for use in the sale and transfer of land by the local landowners. They are highly detailed records of landholdings in the Laines of Brighton, prepared for a local group of Freemen, and a later hand [possibly mid-nineteenth century], has made pencil alterations to some of the plans showing ownership changes and in a couple of instances the route of a new road. Thomas Budgen carried out the second survey and he copied out the earlier survey for comparison. The Laines were at this time almost wholly agricultural and were developed later than in surrounding parishes as agriculture played a lesser role compared to fishing and coastal trading, consequently the Laines have retained rather more of their original boundaries and format than would otherwise have been the case in earlier more haphazard development. Inevitably original Terriers tend to be held by local or national record offices and it is highly unusual for contemporary copies [or near contemporary in this case] to appear on the market. See: Rose Collis. The New Enclyclopedia of Brighton. 2010. for details about the Tenantry Lands of Brighton.

£3500

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