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From: Dick Bolt <>
Subject: Re: Devon Tithe Appropriation lists
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 17:57:13 -0400
The Exeter location above the city library has many if not all! Correct
address is on the Devon Genealogy page. They will allow camera copy on site
& they have a slide of each you can order a copy. I base this on having the
Lord Clinton area one I needed and seeing many others.
I like the info here to support the map generation, I had never see this!
By-the-way, I still need to write for my copy. My friend Mike Mike Slater
<> who lives in Bristol has gone there for me in
the past to research prior to my actual in-the-flesh visit in the summer of
Tithe APPORTIONMENT Lists, and the accompanying maps, arose from the Tithe
Commutation Act of 1836. Tithes were payments due from all
landowners/tenants to the clergy of the Church of England or to church
institutions or to various 'Lay appropriators' who had purchased or
inherited the right to them. (The history of this is interesting but
complicated! There is a book by Eric J Evans: Tithes: maps,
Apportionments, and the 1836 Act (1993).) Originally, people paid in kind,
one tenth of all produce; but over the years it had in most cases become
customary to pay money. The 1836 Act converted tithes into a rent charge,
based on the current price of grain. (Rent charges lasted to 1936, turned
into an annuity, and finally extinguished only in 1996.)
In the early 1840s each Parish in England had a map and apportionment
schedule made, for the purposes of the Act. Three copies were made. Until
recently, one was kept in the Parish, but now most of them are in local
County Record Offices, with the Bishop's copy. The Tithe Commisioner's
copy is at the Public Record Office. So - where are they? - at the CRO or
PRO. But if you are lucky and live in a major town you might find a
microfiche copy of the Tithe documents at your local County Library branch;
though in the microfiche versions the numbers on the maps aren't always
very clear. If you live outside England I suppose you have to get someone
to look it up for you? Each PARISH has a SEPARATE set of documents. Some
have a few later supplements.
These documents list all landowners in one parish, and major tenants.
Sometimes tenants will be listed as 'so-and-so and others', which can be
frustrating. Using the map and the list, you can find out most of the
field names used at the time. You can also pinpoint the houses of most of
the people whose address in the 1851 Census is given as "Village".
> From: Martin on 10/28/98 05:03 PM GMT
> These sound very interesting lists; whre are they located as I haven't
> come across them before?
> Martin Southwood
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