The connection of the people named below with Ipplepen lies in the fact that in the return of Owners of Land (1873), they gave Ipplepen as their address. This does not imply that all of the land owned by them lay in the Parish of Ipplepen.
White's Directory of 1878 gives the acreage of Ipplepen as 2010 and that of Woodland as 1606 and names other landowners who did not give Ipplepen as the place of their principle residence and therefore do not appear in the list below. The principal landowners were Sir George Baker, William Gotobed Esq., John Shepherd Esq and John Hamlyn Esq.
Nonetheless, the list includes the names of a number of people who would have considered themselves to be persons of substance in their local community, most of whom would have been able to live fairly comfortably on the income from their rents.
The list was prepared as a valuation for calculating the Parish Rate and Poor Rate payable on each property.* Owners of land less than 1 acre were not included nor were holders of Long (99 year) Leases. Valuation, based on gross estimated rental, was carried out at local level and was largely a matter of guesswork, there being no standardisation of approach to valuation across the county. Waste and Common land was not included.
*Property valuation remains to the present time the basis of assessment for raising money to be spent locally - known today as Council Tax.