Keys to the Past

Glossary

Tithe map

Tithes, (in theory 10% of a persons income) were taxes paid to support the priest of the parish church. Under the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836, tithes could be turned into a rent charge. In villages where this happened a survey of the land was carried out and a large scale detailed plan was drawn up showing every house and area of land. Each plot was individually numbered.
These maps are often the earliest detailed map we have of a village and are of great use to archaeologists and historians.

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