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The North Devon Tithe Map (Bideford Branch)
17 November 2017 at 2:00 pm
A talk by John Bradbeer “The North Devon Tithe Map”.
Until the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836, tithes, originally a tenth of the harvest, were paid annually in kind to the rector of each parish. This became cumbersome to administer and increasingly unpopular. The Act proposed to replace this with a monetary payment determined by the quality of the land and its then contemporary use. To this end, all parishes where tithes were paid were to be surveyed with lists of land, land-owners, land occupiers, land use and size of parcels recorded in the Apportionment.