Each record includes an image of the document from the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office and a transcript. The amount of information in each transcript can vary but most will include the following.

  • Name
  • Role – owner, occupier or owner/occupier
  • Year
  • Event type
  • Years – this gives you the year or year range that these events were recorded
  • Owner or occupier’s name
  • Place and county
  • Archive and reference


The image will give you further descriptions of your ancestor’s property. With this information you can discover more about your ancestor and their lifestyle. In the image you may find

  • A description of the property, for example if the property was used as an inn, public house, cottage, orchard, etc.
  • The street and precise location of the property
  • The poor rate paid on the property
  • The size and gross value of the property

This collection of land tax and valuation records comes from the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. The records will provide you with a location of your ancestor’s home as well as a description. Discover if your ancestors owned a public house or if they lived on an orchard. The records also give you the value of the land. This was used to determine the rate of tax and poor rate to be paid to the local parish or borough.