by Jon Malings and Rob Forsyth

History tends to focus on the big houses. This image is an extract from the 1808 map of the enclosure of the  parish and shows where the majority of the working population lived. The numbers  relate to the key to the 1808 enclosures map.

Note: By coincidence, for a few properties, these numbers are the same as the census enumerator's numbers. However this is not widespread so be careful not to confuse one with the other!

Philcote St is the the road running north to south - variously spelt Philcot and Philcock over the ages.
Chapel Square is at the north end and Goose Green is at the south end of Philcote St.
School Lane runs NE out of Goose Green. It  subsequently became Council Lane and latterly Hopcraft Lane.
Satin Lane - now St Thomas St - runs SW out of Goose Green.
The Stile Lane links Goose Green with New Street. It can just be seen doing a dog leg between allotment No 34 & the house No 39; now called the Stile House and owned by Rob Forsyth and his wife.



No 63 was known as The Folly occupied by John Butcher. Its ownership is linked to The Knowle now one property but previously No 64 & 52.  More about these houses can be found HERE.

No 137 is now called Midhill and the owners have kindly provided a transcription of its Indenture of sale in 1901 in which the occupants between 1837 and  1901 are described in some detail - including the Malings family and the Feoffees.

No 138 is now called Winmour Cottage. The present owners have all the Indentures, Deeds & Conveyances from 1649 to today. A comprehensive list of the previous occupiers since then can be found by following this link

No 139 is now called Calder Cottage


Studies by Jon Malings.

The series of 10 yearly census that have been held since 1841 provide a wealth of information about the population of the parish. Jon Malings, whose ancestors lived in the parish throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, has analysed them and compiled a number of fascinating tables.

Occupations. This table summarises the occupations of  Heads of Households in Philcot St, The Stile, Goose Green, Chapel Square and Satin Lane between 1841 and 1881. As one might expect, Agricultural Labourer is the most predominant occupation. Jon also calculated that in 1881 there were 3.5 people per household for this particular area. There are a lot of 2's and 3's and a few of the single lodgers got counted as a separate household, but even so the average is not as high as one might expect.

A newspaper cutting of 25 July 1840 gives details of the sale of 3 cottages by John Stilgoe including tenants names details of accommodation. 

1871,'81 & '91- compares data from three census for Philcot St only and provides some insight into the families resident there. NB: this is very much a  work in progress.

1911. This table (pdf) provides a variety of statistics for Philcot Street, The Green, The Stile, Satin Lane, Chapel Square,The Folly and St Thomas's.

A Study by Gareth Richard

Census data from 1851 to 1901 This excellent study also examines the significance of the same data and provides other interesting facts to this area lying at the heart of an agricultural village such as age profiles, radius of birth,widows & widowers and occupations.