The 1650 Survey of Austrey Fee Farm Rents:
At the end of the Civil War with the start of Cromwell’s Commonwealth, a series of Parliamentary Acts were made to survey the possessions of the late King Charles Stuart prior to their sale to raise money for Parliament. An Act for the survey and sale of Fee Farm rents introduced into the Commons on 16th July, 1649 followed a series of earlier Acts and surveys for the disposal of royal estates. These surveys were likened to the Domesday Survey of 1086, in the extent of describing and estimating the value of taxable assets, land and rents. This is particularly relevant at local level to the parish of Austrey in north Warwickshire where an Exchequer survey of “Lands and Tenements in Alvestry als Austrey in late possession of Charles Stuart, late king of England”, lists all of the Austrey lands, enclosures, houses and cottages belonging to Charles Stuart “late King of England”.