Rate Book 1836

The town of Stamford in 1836: Borough Rate Book 

In the Town Hall archives at Stamford is a survey of the whole borough (including St Martin’s parish) of 1836. It consists of six separate books giving the rateable value of every property in the six parishes of the town. The books are standard with printed columns with name of occupier, name of owner, nature of the property (house, garden, shop etc), its location in the town (usually by street but not street number), and rateable value.

Noble Merchant - Update

The following communication has been received from Professor Alan Rogers.

Muster Roll 1584

RESPECT OUR PRIIVILEGES: A Muster Certificate for Stamford and St Martin’s, 1584 Among the many manuscript volumes which are to be found in the Town Hall is an early one of considerable interest. It contains a wide range of notes and transcripts of items relating to the property of the town including a register of leases from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, hirings of servants, sealing of hides and other items, not least a taxation list of 1581.


The King in Stamford Baron

The following notes are taken from the Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council vol vii pages 227-229

Terricus of Cologne

The following notes on Terricus of Cologne were supplied by Professor Alan Rogers.


Hearth Tax Return for St Martin's, Stamford - 31st July 1663

THE HEARTH TAX RETURN FOR THE LIBERTY OF NASSABURGH, FOR 31st JULY, 1663       [Stamford St Martin's section only in this extract]
A note by Tim Halliday of Peterborough.  Stamford Survey Group wish to thank him for permission to reproduce the Stamford section of these returns.


David Cecil's Will and David Cecil's Wife: Two Notes

William Cecil lord Burghley was obsessed with his family history. He continually sought and obtained information and produced several contradictory pedigrees; so any light that can be thrown on earlier generations of Cecils are valuable. David Cecil of Stamford, his grandfather, Alderman (i.e. mayor) and MP for the town, was a particular concern; for someone had charged lord Burghley with being the son of an innkeeper (a story which is still repeated).