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Surveys, Parliamentary/Commonwealth

Nature of Source

A survey of all crown and church land, including topographical information made during the Commonwealth, in preparation for the sale of Crown lands. Occasionally these surveys might be found amongst the collections of family and estate records.

Where Found

The National Archives (E 317, Trustees for Crown Lands and Fee Farm Rents: Parliamentary Surveys; LR 2, Parliamentary surveys taken under the acts of 1649 and 1650 for the sale of the Crown lands and fee-farm rents kept by the Registrar to the trustees for the sale of the Crown lands; DL 32, Duchy of Lancaster: Parliamentary Surveys throughout England and Wales)
County Record Offices
Lambeth Palace Library
British Library (Published books)
LDS FamilySearch Centers (Microfilm copies of surveys)

Period Covered

1649 - 1650

Genealogical Value

Names of tenants, address of land held

Further References

Daniel-Tyssen, John. The Parliamentary Surveys of the County of Sussex 1649-1653: Sussex Archaeological Society, 1878


Hart, William Henry (ed). The Parliamentary Surveys of Richmond, Wimbledon, and Nonsuch, in the County of Surrey: Surrey Archaeological Collections,1871


Kirby, David Anthony (ed). Parliamentary Surveys of the Bishopric of Durham, vols 1-2: Surtees Society, 1971-1972


Lloyd, John. Radnorshire A Collection of Papers Relating to the History of the County. Parliamentary Surveys of the Manors of Radnorshire 1649: Bedford Press, 1900


Madge, Sidney Joseph. Parliamentary Surveys of Crown Lands During the Commonwealth: 1927


Madge, Sidney Joseph. The Parliamentary Surveys of Surrey: 1927


Metters, G. A. The Parliamentary Survey of Dean and Chapter Properties in and around Norwich in 1649: Norfolk Record Society, 1988


Newton, S. C. Parliamentary Surveys: Short Guides to Records no. 17: Historical Society, 1994


Pounds, Norman J. G. The Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, 2 vols: Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 1982 & 1984


Sobo, Muriel E. Parliamentary Survey of Muggleswick, 1649: Durham County Local History Society, 1995


TNA Research Guide: Crown, church and royalist lands 1642-1660

Websites (The Parliamentary Survey) (Historic property taxation and valuation in Britain and Ireland: Commonwealth surveys)

Online Databases (Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, manors in the parishes of South Hill, North Hill, and Stoke Climsland) (1660 Parliamentary Survey of Cornwall, Manor of Treverbyn Courtney)