Great Broughton Village Hall
Dr Heggie, a Research Fellow at Teesside University, started her talk by saying that her research was focused on women’s involvement with land and property over their lifetime.
In 1735, due to the mass laundering of money, Parliament decided that all land and property transactions should be recorded, so that ownership could be established and proved. Dr Heggie explained how lucky we were to have the Register of Deeds from 1736 to 1970 for the North Riding of Yorkshire, as there were only four areas of the country – the three Ridings and Middlesex-
Dr Heggie focused on two periods 1784-
Her intention is to reconstruct some of the women’s lives, using the census, wills, newspapers etc. and she showed us the fascinating stories behind two of the women she has already managed to investigate.
It was a very interesting evening and whetted everybody’s appetite – when she has done more research we shall bring her back to hear more about the lives of these female property owners.
Women and Property in North Riding of Yorkshire
Dr Joan Heggie
Monday 9th March 2015 -