This deed of conveyance shows that in August 1910 George Mellor sold Ladymoor Gate to Walter Mellor of Pontypridd, Glamorgan for £1,350. The deeds also show that William Doorbar was the sitting tenant at the time of the sale, and that the farm comprised the house and outbuildings, five pastures, one meadow, one arable &meadow and one rough pasture totaling just over 30 acres.

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In 1906 following the death of Richard Harrison his executors sold Ladymoor Gate Farm, with a sitting tenant, William Durboor (Durbar) and his family. The deed of conveyance also contained recitals describing earlier conveyances and mortgages dating back to 1872. 

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When we purchased Ladymoor Gate Farm in 1988 this area it was not required to register with the Land Registry and the conveyance was completed with an large bundle of documents. In the early 2000's following the redemption of our morgage we decided to voluntarily register and we requested that the bundle of deeds be returned. The documents provided a detailed history of the owners and tenants from the 1870s to the 1920s. In addition I also tracked down copies of older records which I have listed below.

I hope they are of some interest to genealogist who may have ancestors who lived here, local historians or simply anyone who is interested in this part of Staffordshire.


Census transcripts

Our starting point in researching the history of the farm was the census returns. These provided us with names which we could then further research in various archives including births, deaths and marriages, rates books, electoral rolls, probate records and even old newspapers.

Transcripts of the census entries we used to compile the history of the previous occupants of Ladymoor Gate are provided in the links below.  The links are also available in the sidebars of the pages for each of the individual families.

Transcription of census returns for Ladymoor Gate Farm









Documents showing that George Mellor mortgaged Ladymoor Gate Farm to Elizabeth Venables for £1,000 at £3/15 per centum per annum (3.75% per annum) and redeemed it in 1908.mortgage1906-1mortgage1906 2mortgage1906 3mortgage1906 4mortgage1906-5


In 1920 Walter Mellor leased Ladymoor Gate Farm to Daniel Durbar, son of William

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