The tithe maps and apportionments for England and Wales can be viewed online as part of a Diamond subscription to The Genealogist. You can search by name or parish. Note: not all parishes are covered as some had already been converted to cash payments before the survey, but most parishes were surveyed. Below is an example of a tithe apportionment.
Tithe Apportionment for Bevill’s Wood, Huntingdonshire from The Genealogist.
This is for Bevill’s Wood in Huntingdonshire. The landowner and occupier is Richard Hussey Esq. It shows that the area in question is woodland and gives its exact size of 86 acres, 3 roods and 13 perches. Incidentally, there were 40 perches to a rood and 4 roods to an acre. The amount of Tithe Rentcharge was set at 4 pounds and 4 shillings per annum and was payable to the Rector of the village of Denton. All landowners and occupiers are shown on these documents, so if your ancestor was occupying just a small piece of land, if it was surveyed, he will appear as will his landlord. The tithe map that accompanies the Bevill’s Wood apportionment is shown below.
Tithe Map for Bevill’s Wood, Huntingdonshire from The Genealogist.
These maps are usually very detailed and if used with an ordinance survey map (historical maps for the whole of Britain can be accessed free of charge at the National Library of Scotland ) you can determine the exact location of your ancestor’s property.
Incidentally if you have English ancestors, a subscription to The Genealogist is definitely worth considering. As well as tithe maps there are many other record sets available, including the most comprehensive collection of English parish registers of any database site. For a full list of the record sets available and to get a 10% discount, click here.
If your rural ancestors were Welsh, then you can access tithe maps and apportionments free of charge at the National Library of Wales “Places of Wales” site here.
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