The items were listed as 'Inventory and Valuation' for several pub names which I recognised - they dated from the first half of the 19th century, 1829, 1848 and 1849. Bear in mind that so far I've only dipped into the smallest part of the drawer of file cards I've been assigned to digitise - we are managing about 50 entries a week, and I've found three of these in three weeks. This suggests that in the whole set of drawers there may be over a hundred of this type of record referred to.
|An example of an inventory from the 18th century America (from Weigand PANNEBECKER)|
"The inventory itemised the estate held by the deceased, including leases, chattels, debts owed and owing, cash, crops, stocks and slaves. No account of real estate (land) was normally taken in estimates and totals. [...] After 1782 an inventory might be called for by an interested party, but it was no longer an automatic part of procedure." (The National Archives)
Of course there are other reasons why someone might take an inventory, especially where a business like a public house or inn was concerned. A change of landlord or the sale of the property would require a proper accounting of what was included in the business assets.
Some of Barnsley Archives holdings are already listed in the Access to Archives section of the National Archives site - searching there I found another entry:
Inventory and valuation for the Rising Sun Beerhouse, at Dodworth, completed by Edward G Lancaster, 21 August 1868. (Access to Archives)
No, I'm not sure where this was - except it was on High Street Dodworth (no. 91 in 1911) just before and on the opposite side of the road to the Pheasant (not that that's there any more either!). This document contains seven sheets of paper - I am now bursting to know what might be listed on a pub inventory. Might there be some for pubs still in existence today? The ones I saw indexed this morning were for an unnamed pub in Silkstone, for the Temple of Muses (which is now Brownes Bar on Graham's Orchard - and that is an old building), and for the Norman Inn at Monk Bretton (obviously a previous incarnation as the current pub is very 1970s).
|The Temple Inn in the 1971 (from Yococo)|
There are lots of interesting sources just waiting to be found in Barnsley Archives when it reopens, it's very frustrating having to wait. You'll see I've put a countdown at the top of my blog to try to speed things along!