In 1912 George Farnham privately printed his life's work, 'The Quorndon Records'. He was a member of the Farnhams of Quorn, a land-owning family who had lived in the village since the 1200s. The family split into two branches, the senior strand lived in the centre of the village at the Over Hall which is roughly in the same situation as Quorn House is now. The junior branch moved to the Nether Hall in the area which is now Quorn Hall.
George Farnham lived at the Over Hall and researched the early history of his family and its connections with Quorn up until 1700. The actual book 'Quorndon Records' is a heavy academic tome, somewhat dry, except to the ardent scholar. We are however hugely indebted to George for his diligent research which provides us with a readable version of a rich mine of information on how life was lived during these early years.
Sources used are:
· The Plea Roll - Lawsuits (civil and criminal) and divided into: The De Banco Rolls (largely land disputes) and the Corum Rege Rolls
· County Assize Rolls
· Inquisitions Post Mortem - an inquiry held when a tenant-in-chief died as to what lands he held, from whom and who his heirs might be.
· Lay subsidies - the returns made by the tax collectors appointed by the Crown. Very useful for giving the names of the humble inhabitants of the village, whose names would otherwise be completely lost.
· Records of the Manor Courts of Barrow and Beaumanor
In other sections here you will find transcribed fascinating examples of these Records ranging from accounts of murders, robbery and the freeing of Bondsmen to how the ordinary villagers coped with life and death.
Some extracts from the records are included below as a PDF. A searchable version of the full Quorndon Records is available at http://openlibrary.org/books/OL6396553M/Quorndon_records [copy into your browser]