In 1872, the Government of the
day instructed the Local Government Board to
compile a list of Owners of Land, from one acre
in size upwards. The return was compiled from
rating returns, and gave the name of each
landowner, the place, size of land and gross
estimated rental from the land, as an indication
of value. The return covered all of England and
Wales, excluding the Metropolis (London).
Separate volumes covered Scotland and Ireland.
At the time, it was known as the 'modern
Domesday'. The Preece entries from the England
and Wales return follow below (there were no
entries in Scotland or Ireland)..